6.23.2012

Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre Review and Swatches

Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre
Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre

Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre ($28) seems like a tough color to wear. After all, "Peche Cuivre" is French for "copper peach," and this limited-edition shade might seem a bit too out of the ordinary to catch your interest.

After playing around with it, I've discovered that Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre is a surprisingly flattering, beautiful shade that's worth your attention.

Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre Swatch
Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre Swatch

Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre is a pale peach with plenty of golden warmth. It looks a little dark when swatched heavily, but in person the shade is bright and reflective enough to be perfect for my favorite, good old waterline trick.

I've previously discussed how much I love applying a white or pale beige eyeliner to my waterline in order to brighten and enlarge my eyes, and I discovered that Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre can be used to create a similar effect.

I applied Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre both inside and just below my waterline. The pale peach color adds just a hint of definition, while the abundant shine opens up my eyes and makes them look brighter and more awake. The difference is both subtle and significant -- most people won't be able to tell that you're wearing peach eyeliner, but they will notice that your eyes somehow look more amazing :)

Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre Peach
Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre

Formula-wise, Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre is extremely soft. This allows for easy application that won't damage your delicate eye area. However, the soft formula also means that the tip of the eyeliner breaks easily, so be sure not to press too heavily.

Overall, I really love how the unique color of Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre beautifies my eyes. Unfortunately, and perhaps this goes without saying, the price tag is extremely high. The eyeliner is pretty large and comes with a sharpener, but $28 is darn expensive!

Still, if you're ready for a splurge, I will say that Chanel is hard to beat. 


6.20.2012

Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection Review and Swatches

Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collectionis a limited edition, six-piece collection that has everything you need for a gorgeous new look tucked inside a cute and chic cosmetic bag. 

Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection
Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection

Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection contains:
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (1 oz)
  • Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara (0.2 oz)
  • Eye Duo in Sandstone/Cognac (0.09 oz)
  • Second Skin Cheek Colour in Citrus Spark (0.13 oz)
  • Gel Lip Colour in Grapefruit (0.11 oz)
  • Double-Ended Ponytail/Eye Colour Brush
Laura Mercier's brand trademark seems to be subtly glamorous shades in ultra luxe formulas, and this collection embodies that aesthetic to a T. Let's take a closer look at each of the pieces:

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara
Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara has an extremely lightweight formula for long, feathery lashes without the clumps. This black mascara is not dramatic by any means, but rather gives natural looking volume and length that is perfect for daytime. I really like how soft Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara makes my lashes look.

Laura Mercier Eye Duo in Sandstone/Cognac
Laura Mercier Eye Duo in Sandstone/Cognac

Laura Mercier Eye Duo in Sandstone/Cognac contains Sandstone, a pale, shimmery peach-pink shade, and Cognac, a medium-dark coppery brown shade. Sandstone has great pigmentation and makes for a stunning highlight shade. Cognac has a little less pigmentation, but still does a good job at contouring for a daytime eye that's not heavy or overdone. 

Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection Double-Ended Ponytail/Eye Colour Brush
Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection Double-Ended Ponytail/Eye Colour Brush

I love the ease of the two-in-one Double-Ended Ponytail/Eye Colour Brush that is included in Laura Mercier's Colour Preview Collection. The short, thick end allows you to effectively pat on dense amounts of eyeshadow, while the fluffy end is great for applying color to the crease and blending for a look that is seamless and professional. No more digging around for the perfect brush when you have everything you need in a single item!

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Citrus Spark
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Citrus Spark

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Citrus Spark looks bright in the pan, but it applies fairly sheer for a gorgeous, buildable flush. This juicy coral with gold shimmer is so flattering and fun for summer. Citrus Spark has quite a bit of pink so this blush never looks orange.

Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Grapefruit
Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Grapefruit

Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Grapefruit is a super sheer, balmy lipstick that's perfect for this season's glossy lipstick trend. This vanilla-scented lip color deposits just enough pink-coral pigment for your lips to look lush and polished with a single coat, and it layers well if you prefer a brighter pop of color.

Here are swatches of all of the color makeup items in the collection:

Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection Swatches Eye Duo in Sandstone Cognac Second Skin Cheek Colour in Citrus Spark Gel Lip Colour in Grapefruit
Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection Swatches
Left to Right: Eye Duo in Cognac and Sandstone,  Second Skin Cheek Colour in Citrus Spark,  Gel Lip Colour in Grapefruit


Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
  
This collection also includes Laura Mercier's original Foundation Primer. This water-based primer has a unique, creamy gel texture that feels extremely lightweight and moisturizing on skin. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer was one of the very first primers, and it's a classic for a reason: the formula includes light-reflecting pigments to visually perfect skin and Retinyl Palmitate to combat aging. I don't see any silicones on the ingredients list either, so this primer is a good choice for people looking for a 'cone-free formula. However, the absence of silicone means that Laura Mercier Foundation Primer does not significantly reduce the size of pores.

Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection How To Card
Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection How To Card

Finally, Laura Mercier Colour Preview Collection includes a How To Card with tips to use all six pieces of the set. The eyeshadow instructions are particularly helpful for makeup beginners.

Bottom Line: I think the Colour Preview Collection is a wonderful introduction to the Laura Mercier brand. There are enough items to help you create a complete look, so this set would be a good choice for someone new to the makeup game. Plus, the products are so pretty, well-coordinated, and luxurious that you'll look like a pro, no matter your level of expertise. 


6.19.2012

L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color in Versailles Romance Review and Swatches

L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color in Versailles Romance
L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color in Versailles Romance

L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color in Versailles Romance is a light, feminine nail shade perfect for warm summer days and nights.

This peachy pink nail polish has a unique opalescent quality that reflects hints of purple, pink and blue for an effect that reminds me of an abalone shell on the beach...

L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color in Versailles Romance
L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color in Versailles Romance 

I previously tried L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color in Now You Sea Me and I wasn't very impressed. Now You Sea Me is a bold teal, but the polish is quite sheer and requires many coats to be fully opaque. I wanted more coverage from such a strong color.

L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color in Versailles Romance has a sheer formula as well, but I think it works better with this shade. A single coat of this translucent peach might look great over another color, or you can do 2-3 coats for full color. I did two coats of Versailles Romance for these photos and was satisfied with the opacity, although you can see my nail line from certain angles.

I'm happy I gave L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color another shot. Turns out the iridescent and peachy Versailles Romance is just what my nail polish collection was missing.


6.18.2012

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer Review

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer

I have mixed feelings about Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer ($30).

My friend Tammy over at Make-Up Wishes gave me a deluxe sample that I used all last week. I've given it a fair run and I like aspects of this primer, but I am sufficiently unimpressed overall that I've decided not to continue wearing it.

But first, what are the good things about this product? Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer is a clear, silicone-based gel. The array of 'cones in this means that Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer has TONS of slip and does a good job of filling in pores, especially if you add more product in places where they're enlarged. Plus, even though Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer feels slippery and a bit greasy when first applied, it sets to a powdery finish that controls oil well and makes skin feel super soft.

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer also contains a host of natural ingredients that are great for your skin. It includes Malpighia Punicifolia Extract (Acai Berry) and Grape Seed Oil, which are powerful antioxidants, and Avocado Oil for moisture.

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer Swatch
Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer Swatch

So what's not to like about this product? Unfortunately, the ultra-slippery gel texture of Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer has a tendency to ball up terribly. I ended up with quite a few balls even when using a very small amount of product. You can blend the balls out, but it's annoying and feels unpleasant.

Further, Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer contains Rosemary Extract, which can irritate skin or cause allergic reactions when applied topically. It's such a shame that Tarte included this potentially damaging extract in an otherwise impeccable list of ingredients.

I'm not sure if the Rosemary Extract is the problem, but Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer made me break out pretty badly. I haven't had a whitehead in months (thanks in large part to Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel!), but I had two the day after I first used this. It could be a coincidence, but I'm doubtful -- these new zits all but disappeared the day after I switched back to Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer.

Bottom Line: This silicone-rich primer does a good job of minimizing pores and keeping oily skin at bay, but the gel texture balls up more than any other primer I've tried. And while Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer includes a bunch of healthy, natural ingredients, the formula is marred by the inclusion of irritating Rosemary Extract. Try this primer at your own risk.


6.17.2012

MAC Recent Launch Round Up: Hey, Sailor!, Beth Ditto, and Casual Color

MAC Recent Launch Wrap Up: Hey, Sailor!, Beth Ditto, and Casual Color
Left to Right: MAC Hey, Sailor!, MAC Casual Color, MAC Beth Ditto

Over the last month, MAC has launched three new collections: MAC Hey, Sailor!, MAC Beth Ditto, and MAC Casual Color.

Of these three new collections, I think MAC Hey, Sailor! is my favorite, followed at a close second by Casual Color. I loved the nautical pin-up aesthetic of Hey, Sailor! and I enjoyed the diversity of the products in the collection.

The soft, wearable shades of MAC Casual Color are beautiful, and that collection might have been my favorite if it included a larger number of products -- a new eyeshadow or lipglass would have been lovely!

MAC Beth Ditto, on the other hand, didn't do much for me. The shades were too edgy for my taste, and some of the formulas were hard to work with. However, I could see bolder gals loving some of these products.

In reverse-chronological order, here are all seventeen of my reviews of MAC's most recent launches (and I promise no more MAC for at least a little while!):

MAC Casual Colour


MAC Beth Ditto


MAC Hey, Sailor!


MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost Review and Swatches

MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost ($23) was actually released in March, but MAC is currently marketing it as part of their newly-launched Casual Color collection. It makes sense too, because the product fits right in with the idea and aesthetic of MAC Casual Color. 

MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost is a quick, easy way to add instant radiance to your look. This creamy, liquid highlighter is housed in a tube with a pen brush tip that makes application a snap. Just brush it on under your eyes or on your cheekbones, blend, and you're ready to go. 

This product is very reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent's famous Touche Eclat, which is a classic pen-style luminizer. I haven't tried YSL's version, but it's worth noting that Touche Eclat costs $40 to MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter's $23 price tag. 

MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost Swatch
MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost Swatch

MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost is a pale golden cream shade. It looks overly yellow when swatched, but I found that it blends easily with my skin tone. I did notice that MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter only comes in three shades and they are all very pretty light. I think it's disappointing that MAC didn't make this product available in shades that would work for darker skin tones as well. Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat, on the other hand, is available in 12 shades ranging from pale pink to rich mocha.

MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost Swatch
MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost 

MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost is not a heavy-duty concealer by any means. Instead, it gives a fairly sheer wash of color that adds luminosity and detracts from, rather than masks, dark circles. This product will likely not be enough if you are seeking heavy-duty coverage.

Overall, I am pretty happy with MAC Casual Color Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost. I love the easy of the brush-on pen applicator, and I like how my eyes look brighter and more awake after I apply Light Boost to my dark circles. However, I am disappointed that MAC has not made this product available in shades to suit all skin tones. 

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