Monday, December 31, 2012

Chanel Attirance Extrait de Gloss and Precieuse Rouge Allure

I chose only two of the new lip products from Chanel spring- Attirance, a copper gloss and Precieuse, a peachy beige lipstick.

Extrait de Glosses have a thick gel texture which is very long lasting. Attirance is a gorgeous shimmery copper.

Rouge Allures have been reformulated recently. I found this particular color to have more slip than some of my older Rouge Allures. Precieuse is a light peachy beige that makes a wonderful nude lip.

I don't have any glosses similar to Attirance, but I seem to have a bunch of light peach lipsticks. Attirance is the least pink or peach colored. It is also the lightest of the bunch.

Chanel Precieuse is a pretty light peach nude color that will be easy to swipe on. The new Rouge Allure formula is light and comfortable on the lips.



Sunday, December 30, 2012

Chanel Spring FOTD

Testing out the quad, blush, and highlighter. Sorry about the lack of lip color- I had an allergic reaction to a product and they are healing still.




NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Loose Powder

Tarte Dark Circle Defense Concealer

Benefit Powderflage

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash

Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara on brows



NARS Smudgeproof Base

Chanel Raffinement

-medium taupe on lid

-matte brown in crease

-light taupe to blend

-light cream on inner corners

YSL Black Cream Liner

Majolica Majorca Lash Frame Expander Plus in Black



Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste



Pain and Disappointment

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder: Swatches and Review

Poudre Signee de Chanel is the beautiful centerpiece of the Chanel Spring collection.

It comes in a velvet pouch with a large sponge applicator. I prefer using a duo fiber brush for a softer finish.

Look at the detailed embossing. I will be sad to see it disappear.

Poudree Signee is a golden beige highlight color with soft shimmer.

It isn't glittery like MAC Mineralized Skin Finish, but it has more shimmer than the subtle sheen Shisedio's highlighters.

I have a relatively small family of highlighters, but here are my closest ones.

Guerlain Parure de Nuit is more pink and less shimmery. Becca Nymph is not as gold as Poudre Signee de Chanel. Shiseido Medusa is lilac in comparison, and lacks obvious shimmer.

Chanel Poudre Signee is a gorgeous golden illuminator. This soft gold will brighten up just about any complexion.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad: Swatches and Review

Yep, a neutral quad from Chanel. And I bought it. Predictable.


Raffinement is a slightly purple toned quad of neutrals.

In the pan, and even swatched, these colors appear like neutral browns. Once applied, they were more plum toned, leaning slightly cool.

The top left color is a shimmering medium taupe. The top right is a frosty lilac toned off white. The bottom left is a warmer brown taupe. The bottom right color is a matte eggplant tinged brown.

I wish I still had my Prelude quad for comparison swatching, but from memory I'd say that Prelude has more gray than the brownish colors in Raffinement. Here are some close palettes from the stash:

Armani Boudoir has two matte colors, one of which is very warm. The light lilac color does resemble that of Raffinement though. Side note: Armani recently reformulated their eyeshadow quads, and they are amazing! If you like the drier texture in Guerlain quads along with the mixture of complex shimmers and smooth matte colors, you need to try Armani Eyes to Kill Quads. A huge improvement over their predecessors.

bareMinerals The Truth quad has a similar neutral taupe theme. It is more brown than Raffinement though.

Lastly, I hear that Raffinement is a replacement for Kaska Beige. Not even close! Why would Chanel discontinue such a gorgeous quad? Kaska Beige has a deeper burgundy, a light gold, and much more warmth than Raffinement. Totally different.

All of the colors in Raffinement had great payoff and pigment. I did experience some fallout from the deepest shade which was annoying. I like the neutral color scheme of Raffinement, but I am on the fence about pure love. It ends up being a bit redundant in my sea of neutrals.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste: Swatches and Review

Chanel Spring 2013 gives us a beautiful peach blush.


Frivole is described as apricot. I don't have a solid understanding of the differences between apricot, salmon, coral, and peach, but Frivole is the least reddish peach or pink peach color I own.


Sorry, but she has been broken in.

Finger swatched on the left, and brush swatched on the right.

You can see the clear peach color, lacking in brown undertones, on the skin.

I seem to have an extensive peach family of blushes.

Illamasqua Excite is much brighter and more coral. NARS Liberte is slightly redder.
Chanel Espeigle is much more sheer and pink toned. Chanel In Love is pinker than Frivole.

Frivole has the lovely soft texture and natural finish that I expect from Chanel. This bright apricot will flatter a wide range of skin tones. Frivole is a gorgeous choice for spring!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Chanel Spring 2013: Sneak Peek

I can't resist posting a few quick pictures, even though the lighting isn't ideal today.



I will have full reviews with comparisons coming up soon. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cognac Sable FOTD

More Tom Ford on the eyes and cheeks. I am using Shiseido Amethyst Lacquer on the lips.


Tarte Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum+ NARS Sheer Glow Mont Blanc

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Loose Powder

Tarte Dark Circle Defense Concealer in Fair/Light

Benefit Powderflage

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear on brows



NARS Smudgeproof Base

Maybelline Gold Shimmer Color Tattoo

Tom Ford Cognac Sable Quad

YSL Deep Black Cream Liner

Majolica Majorca Lash Frame Expander Plus



Tom Ford Wicked



Shiseido Amethyst Lacquer Rouge

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Swatches: Amethyst, Rubelite, Portrait, Carnelian

Here are some swatches of shades not available in the US, except Portrait. They were purchased from Strawberrynet.

Shiseido Lacquers are liquid lipsticks. I find them to be very long lasting, moisturizing, and non sticky.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Cranberry FOTD

Here is a look I will be wearing often through the holidays. I owe you guys some more Tom Ford swatches!


NARS Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + Tarte Illuminating Serum

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Loose Powder

Tarte Dark Circle Defense Concealer Fair/Light

Benefit Powderflage

Anastasia Brow Wiz Medium Ash

Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara on brows



NARS Smudgeproof Base

Maybelline Pomegranate Punk Color Tattoo

Tom Ford Burnished Amber Quad

-light berry on lid

-deep berry in outer V

-bronze blended above crease

-gold on inner corners

Chanel Magic Night in outer V and crease

Sugarpill Goldilux on inner corners

YSL Deep Black Cream Liner

Majolica Majorca Lash Fame Expander Plus Mascara



Tom Ford Lovelust



Guerlain Violette de Mad Rouge Automatique