Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Powder SPF 15

What seemed like just another face powder from Chanel didn't originally spark my interest. Sorry, Gisele isn't one of my favorite faces. What finally brought me around was the big puzzle that seemed to surround the new powder. It seemed to elicit either an 'I love it' or 'I really don't get it' reaction from reviewers. On a whim, I thought, I'll order a couple of shades to play with and see.

The big question 'what is it?' is really quite simple to answer. It's a face powder that you can use for a variety of things, much like many powders. Setting powder, finishing powder, sheer bronzer, these all come close to the mark. What's key to bear in mind is its inherent sheerness, especially if you use the accompanying brush which picks up very little product at a time. They probably mean for you to purchase a shade that's slightly darker than your regular compact to achieve that "healthy glow" effect. I think when they say 'belle mine' they are referring to a sunkissed glow that equates to a look of healthfulness. It isn't a tan or a glow that can be achieved with sparkles but a touch of warmth that makes you look like winter doesn't exist, and it's a look that I like very much.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chanel Long Lasting Eyeliner in Purple Berry

The Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Purple Berry is another item from Les Délices de Chanel, a collection currently available on the Chanel website. I previously picked up the Aqualumière Gloss in Friandise which I posted about here.

Chanel Long Lasting Eyeliner in 77 Purple Berry

Purple Berry is described as cassis with a metallic finish. When I first tried it, I thought that it reminded me more of Grenat that was less reddish and more purple. A comparison swatch was definitely in order.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Burberry Beauty Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick Set

This is by no means a brand new offering from Burberry (think back to holiday 2012) but I saw that Nordstrom brought it back on their website recently. The Burberry Beauty Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick Set features 3 shades of their "Lip Cover" Soft Satin Lipsticks: No. 1 Nude Beige, No. 8 Tea Rose and No. 10 Dusty Rose. It's a selection of colors that's designed to please. None too bold to wear to work and they certainly qualify as day to night colors. I imagine that Tea Rose and Dusty Rose are quite popular. Nude Beige feels a lot like concealer lips but serves a purpose. At $72, it's cheaper than buying all three colors individually but that kinda math only works if you truly like all three.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chanel Long Lasting Eyeliner in Khaki Précieux

Chanel's fall collection did not turn out as interesting to me as it usually does. The new cheek product (a cream - the blush format that I find to be my least favorite) was simply not for me. The lip colors were pretty but not compelling enough so I declare the new waterproof eyeliner in Khaki Précieux as the highlight of the collection for me.

Collection Superstition features khaki for the eyes and nails, with coordinating eyeliner, eyeshadow and nail colors. I thought about getting the quad but after much thought, felt that I really didn't need it. I buy the eyeliners because I genuinely like the formula. Every once in awhile, you get one that applies patchily but the ones that do work out for me are truly long lasting and vibrant. The Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Khaki Précieux represents the better batch of these eyeliners. It applies well, lasts me the day and it certainly helped that it was a deadringer for one of my favorite eyeliner colors of all time, my Laura Mercier Kohl Liner in Black Gold. Now I get my black gold in a sturdy formula (as the kohl one needs to be smudged to be used, otherwise it really does get all over the place) and I am super happy.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Fortune and Dior Addict Gloss in Merveille

The last couple of staples on my vanity these days include two items I picked up during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Dior's Addict Extreme Lipstick in Fortune, a rosy nude shade and the Dior Addict Gloss in Merveille, a shimmery pink. I didn't get any other cosmetic items from this year's anniversary. Mostly it was a lack of interest in the offerings but also partly because I blew most of my budget on other things that I thought presented a better value. Beauty products don't usually get discounted. They may offer special sizes or bundles that would save you a little in the long run but if it's an exclusive shade you're looking for, it's going to be sold at regular retail.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chanel Aqualumière Gloss in Friandise

They say they've discontinued the Aqualumière Lip Gloss line and yet there are two more new shades available to the US market. The nude French Toffee and the pink coral shimmer Friandise.

Friandise is a fun shade. It's summery and just bursting with light. I've used it by itself (pictured below) and I find that it's one of those shades that looks different depending on the lighting and the base. But I crave some definition. I think that probably because it's sheer, it looks better with some lipstick underneath or maybe some lip liner to outline the lips a little. If this isn't the effect you're going for, however, it's perfectly pretty to use by itself.