Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Chanel Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayon (No. 2, 5 and 6)

I love how Chanel has taken the lip pencil and made it into an easy to use allover lip color. While I've liked NARS for their Velvet Matte and Satin Lip Pencils, I've often found myself annoyed by the fact that they need to be sharpened. This new Chanel Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayon is a twist up pencil in a size that's very comfortable to hold and easy to store. Of the eleven available shades, I picked up my favorite three, taking care to avoid all the ones that look orange to me. Ha!

I picked No. 2 Rose Violine, as my everyday workhorse. It's a neutral pink of medium pigmentation. While there are two shades of beige, I found them a bit too sheer for my needs and the store was out of No. 3 Rose Claire so No. 2 Rose Violine was the obvious pick. I also took home a red, the No. 5 Rouge and the shade that I was told the model in the promos was wearing, No. 6 Framboise. All colors glide on smoothly and cover the lips in vibrant color that lasts a long time and leaves a little stain. The only thing I would ask at this point, is for the entire pencil to retract into the case so I don't need to be ever so careful slipping the cap back on. But if you're used to lip pencils being that way (with the point sticking out), and you've got the budget, then this baby is 100% recommended.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Camélia de Chanel Illuminating Powder

I found a new powder illuminator on Chanel's website that although not advertised as a Lunar New Year release, echoes the limited edition releases from other brands that celebrate the Lunar New Year. The red compact and the release date of January 25, 2017 don't seem like a coincidence to me. Without further ado, here is the Camélia de Chanel Illuminating Powder.

I think the compact looks nice in red. Not that I would have them switch over permanently, but it's nice to be able to differentiate between the compacts once in awhile. And you would need to, because this is some serious high wattage here. Although the included half-moon brush is seriously useable, I personally recommend more specialized tools and a precise hand. A closer look...

I think of Camélia de Chanel as the older, more sophisticated sister of Becca Opal. The color is similar. I don't really love the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors because I find them to be too shimmery but if Guerlain Météorites and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders don't do it for you, and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector line is too over the top, this may be that middle ground that you are searching for. Apply on the highpoints of the face and let's celebrate!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Guerlain Météorites Happy Glow Pearls

Happy New Year! Happy Glow Météorites, yey!

This is the latest in a long line of limited edition météorites but what makes this especially, well, special, is that 2017 marks météorites' 30th anniversary. In tribute, or so I've read, is the release of this capsule collection which also includes a blush and a couple of lip colors. I haven't seen any of them although I chanced upon the météorites being available on Nordstrom's website so off I went to order it and here are some pictures.

This set comes in the sphere that's similar to the winter Perles de Neiges, down to the included puff and mirrored lid. The color scheme however, is completely different. The Happy Glow Pearls are a combination of champagne, purple, pink and the ones they call rainbow pearls (the really large white-looking ones). Just looking at it, I'm not sure I feel like it's that special. However, I do like the sphere. The only thing I'm wishing right now is that, for the arm and leg that they charge for a container of these météorites  they double the amount of météorites pearls that are actually in the container. I feel like I'm getting less and less every year but the price just keeps going up. And whenever you look at promotional pictures, you see a container brimming with pearls. When you get one, it's never really ever more than half full.

I'd like to see the rest of the collection before contemplating another purchase. I also heard that for spring will be another La Petite Robe Noire collection (mmm... not exactly a fan). What I am really interested in right now is the limited edition Rouge G that I caught a glimpse of somewhere online. It's supposed to be out in celebration of the upcoming lunar new year, when the year of the Rooster commences. I can't wait to get my hands on that one!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in 99 Pirate

I'm not entirely sure if advent calendars are really supposed to be just 24 days (and there are some that are only 12 days) but the calendar box that I purchased had a special drawer at the top, which I assumed is for Christmas day so I filled it. I thought, what better way to celebrate Christmas in color than with an old favorite red lipstick, the Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate.

The Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate is a true, rich, deep red with just the right satiny, cream finish. I am told that it is one of the brand's bestsellers and I can totally understand why. In the last couple of weeks, the only other red I've loved was the Burberry Kisses lipstick in Parade Red, a pinky red next to Chanel Pirate. If you're looking for more of a power red, or something for a sensual night out, I think Pirate would be the hotter option. The lip liner in Rouge Profond is not a perfect match (as it seems a better match for the UD Vice lipstick in 714) but it does the job.

The line is supposed to be long-wearing and intense and I find that the pigmentation can vary depending on the shade chosen. The reds are intense and that totally works for this color. You could maneuver around that intensity in color though. Apply one coat and blot for a lighter, more matte-like finish or apply a second coat for intense color with a little shine. I like a well-defined red lip so I go in with pencil after I put on the color. I just crisp up the edges with it but you could also apply the pencil all over the lip before applying the lipstick. That will give you the best staying power.

If the shade Pirate is not your thing, there are over two dozen other shades in the Rouge Allure line for you to choose from, some with matching nail polish shades as Pirate does. I personally don't go around buying red lipstick if not for a special occasion but the brand has really been pushing a lot of red lately. I'm still trying to get used to the style sensibilities that Lucia Pica brings in. Of the latest collections, I simply haven't been a fan. However, change can be difficult and I understand that. It's nice to see things moving forward either way. I'd give it a chance and keep looking until something catches my eye. And if nothing, well, that's money saved, I guess. That's never a bad thing.