Thursday, October 17, 2013

Laura Mercier Artist Palette 2: Swatches and Review

Last year, Laura Mercier released an Artist Palette which I passed on. I always had lingering regrets, but this year brought a brand new Artist Palette.

The deep brown pebbled exterior opens to reveal a range of purple and brown colors.

The textures vary- matte, satin, and shimmer are all here. This palette also includes a nice mix of warm and cool tones.

Sparkling Dew is a satin off white. Guava is a pale pink stain. African Violet is a warm purple with golden shimmer- really stunning! Plum Smoke is a greyed matte lavender. Kir Royal is a satin textured warm medium purple. Violet Ink is a cool toned matte deep purple.

Vanilla Nuts (worst name ever) is a matte white. Primrose is a golden peach satin. Fresco is a matte light nude brown with a hint of pink. Bamboo is a shimmering beige taupe. Truffle is a matte warm medium brown. Espresso Bean is a deep cool brown with a matte texture.


Overall the Artist Palette has great textures, a lovely range of shades, and good color payoff. The mattes are especially soft and buttery. This palette is a winner!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Chanel Initiation and Fatal Illusion D'Ombres: Swatches and Review

Sparkly? Chanel? Sold!

Illusion D'Ombres are light cream shadows with a mousse-like texture and beautiful complex shimmer. They work best for me when I pat them over a powder shadow with my finger. I love how the beautiful shimmer adds extra dimension to my look.

Initiation is a highly shimmery neutral gold- neutral meaning that it doesn't lean too hard toward the yellow side of golden or too far into cool antiqued gold. Fatal is a light warm purple with fine silver shimmer. Fatal has a much more refined sheen when compared to the larger glitter in Inititation.

A slightly out of focus picture conveys the true beauty:


Here is the entire family:

Convoitise and Fatal have the same type of finish, which is much more subtle than their peers. Convoitise is a white gold compared to the deeper and more sparkly Initiation.

Fatal is lighter and more purple when compared to the brownish red Ebluoi. Illusoire is a cooler and deeper purple than Fatal. Epatant is not really relevant in this comparison, but I didn't want it to feel left out.

I highly recommend checking out Fatal and Initiation if you love sparkle and love Chanel. Or if you like to hoard shiny objects. I won't judge.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Prune in Fire FOTD

The lipstick is YSL Prune in Fire Rouge Volupte Shine, and I can't get enough of that name. I don't think the shade is true to what a prune in a fire might look like, but I applaud the creativity.

I have swatches of the new Chanel Illusion D'Ombres, Laura Mercier Artist Palette 2, and Tom Ford's Orchid Haze Quad coming up this week!



It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder in Champagne

Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Spot Concealer in Fair/Light

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash

Maybelline Clear Mascara on brows



NARS Smudgeproof Base

Laura Mercier Artist Palette 2

-Bamboo on lids

-Sparkling Dew on inner corners

-Fresco and Truffle in crease

-Espresso Bean in outer V

Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre on lids

Chanel Convoitise Illusion D'Ombre on inner corners

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Mascara

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara



Chanel Sable Rose Bronzer

Dolce & Gabbana Provocative Blush



YSL Prune in Fire Rouge Volupte Shine

Sunday, October 6, 2013


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