Sep 272010

Elizabeth Arden’s Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturizer ($30 for 1.7 oz.) promises to deliver many benefits.  These include using naturally derived mineral pigments, including mica as an optical diffuser to soften the look of fine lines.  It includes antioxidants,  vitamins A, C and E  to moisturize.  Further, the product includes an ingredient called “dionysis extract”  which the line states will slow down the aging effects of free radicals.  There are additives derived from olives and jojoba together with other moisturizing ingredients. The product is said to be oil free, talc free and fragrance free.

Elizabeth Arden’s Mineral Tinted Moisturizer comes in a squeeze tube with a cap, and more generally reminded me of Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizers packaging.  Elizabeth Arden’s has slightly more product by comparison (1.7 ounces, compared to Laura Mercier’s 1.5 ounces):

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Sep 242010

Chanel’s recent release on Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss included additional items, including Rouge Allure lipstick in Insolente (#65 / $30) a vibrant pink.

Insolent is a bold choice for Fall, I cannot help love the color but think that it is better suited for Spring and Summer.  It occured to me that this was originally released then in France during the Summer months, perhaps this is our chance to catch up to our European sisters–although a bit later in the year.

Certainly if you love brights, you can wear this year round.  It has a texture that is very consistent with the rest of the Rouge Allure line.  Personally, I find the texture soft and moisturizing.  The formula tends to minimize lines and imperfections in the lips, and give a pretty soft glowing finish without glitter or shimmer.

You can see that Insolent is a very cool pink, although not quite as bright and cool as last Spring’s Chanel Rouge Allure in Super.  I would think that Chanel Insolent lipstick would look quite stunning topped with the cool pink hyper glossy Extrait de Gloss in Insolence.

Another picture of Rouge Allure Insolent without lip liner or gloss:

Here are some comparisons with some other Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks:  the cooler Super, the more sheer Pink Saphir and the warmer, rosier Desirable:

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Sep 232010

Two weeks ago, my daughter Liz and I headed to Neiman Marcus in San Francisco for lunch and a Guerlain Master Class, which we learned about through Hello Beauty.  The class was run by Guerlain’s National Makeup Artist Marcus Monson:

Marcus has been with Guerlain his entire career, and he was thoughtful enough to provide some giant Neiman Marcus cookies to carry us through the 3-hour class.  I learned a lot about Guerlain’s line during the class, although I felt that I had a good feel for the line going in.

The first hour of the class was focused on Guerlain’s extensive skincare line.  One of these items was the Orchidee White Age Defying and Brightening Serum, which promised to remove dark spots, re-texturizes skin and makes skin appear more youthful.  I asked the price-five times-because I couldn’t quite absorb the number–it sells for $460.

The most expensive item was the $1,500 set of four fluids which is said to remove 7 years from your skin.  It’s true that its less than cosmetic surgery if those claims are true:

We were excited to try Guerlain’s new foundation —Lingerie de Peau ($56).  This foundation gives medium to light coverage, with a goal of looking a part of the skin.

We got a quick overview of all of Guerlain’s liquid foundations:

  • Parure Pearly White foundation:  To minimize pores and give a glowy finish
  • Parure Extreme: For a long-lasting finish (all day)
  • Parure Aqua:  A water-based foundation, with a moisturizing effect
  • Parure Gold:  A medium coverage, correcting foundation
  • Lingerie de Peau:  A light to medium coverage foundation that blends with the skin to give a natural finish

Here is Marcus applying Lingerie de Peau (Color #3) on Liz:

I was impressed with Lingerie de Peau.  I liked the finish better than Chanel Tient Innocence Fluid, which is in the same category. I’d have a very difficult time choosing between Lingerie de Peau and Burberry Beauty’s Sheer Luminous Fluid–both are quite similar in their look and feel– unless I did a serious road test on both.  Liz opted not to purchase Lingerie de Peau quite yet, although I liked the effect on her.  She really needed to see how the foundation would wear in different conditions before committing.

Together with Lingerie de Peau, Guerlain is introducing a new finishing powder, Les Violettes Mineral, Invisible Skin Fusion Loose Powder ($56).  Although the packaging was certainly luxurious, I didn’t have the opportunity to play with the product enough to be satisfied that it would out-perform my current Caron powder.

I liked the black powder puff included, and the sifter which could be open or closed:

Marcus then applied a smoky eye using the 10 Rue des Francs Bourgeois ($84) eyeshadow palette:

I personally learned a tremendous amount about how 10 Rue des Francs Bourgeois would work for me.  We identified my appropriate base shade, my liner shade and my best brow shade.  One of the Guerlain representatives sat with me for a good twenty minutes giving me different look ideas, showing me application on one eye while asking me to do the same on the other eye.  I found that it’s an amazingly versatile palette once I had good instruction on how it would best work for (review forthcoming).

Here is the final look on Liz, using:

  • Lingerie de Peau in #3
  • Les Violettes Mineral Powder
  • Precious Light Concealer # 01
  • Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara (black)
  • 10, Rue des Francs Bourgeois eyeshadow palette
  • Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in #01 Blonde
  • Kiss Kiss Essence de Gloss in Ambre
  • Cheeks – Terracotta Lady Bronzer/Blush (Limited Edition)

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Sep 202010

Chanel Soho Story includes Rouge Coco in Stunning ($30), the sweet spot in the collection that will work beautifully for nearly everyone.  A crowd-pleasing warm pink nude with the moisturizing Rouge Coco formula–yes, a thousand times yes.  This color is a sure thing that you can tuck in your bag and use virtually any time, any where.

As with the other Rouge Coco’s, the lipstick is a heavy, luxurious case that closes with a satisfying “click.”

This color is so universal, I was almost sure that I had something similar already.  Not so:

You can see that Rouge Coco in Stunning is more nude than Mademoiselle, and less pink that the Chanel Rouge Allure in both Naive and Troublant.  After looking through numerous other options, I found that the closest that I have is MAC’s Sharp Beige (lustre formula), which was a limited edition release with the Catherine Deneuve collection several years ago.  Of course, the MAC formula is quite different, and Rouge Coco stunning is a more intense, slightly deeper shade than Sharp Beige.  If you look very closely, Sharp Beige tends to be a touch more brown compared to the slightly more mauve Chanel Stunning.

Chanel Rouge Coco is a delightfully easy color to wear, and it integrates seamlessly with the rest of Soho Story.  Highly recommended.  The secret of this shade is that it makes the wearer look Stunning, by showing off her natural beauty.  The color flatters but does not overwhelm, it does not call attention to the lipstick but, instead, to the woman who wears it.

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Sep 202010

Like many products in the Chanel Soho line, Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laque in Stunt ($32) has an edge.  The Rouge Allure Laque line resembles a liquid lipstick–these products deliver full pigment, but with the shine and ease of a gloss.

Unlike other Rouge Allure Laques, Stunt gives pure color.  To say that this is unforgiving color is inaccurate–the Rouge Allure Laque formula melts on the lips without creating any lines or harshness.  Further, Stunt is a cool mauve with a touch of red and brown.  Stunt is not a jarring Pepto Bismal pink or a vampy plum.  Really, Stunt can be quite flattering by bringing out the pinks in one’s skin.

It is more accurate to say that Stunt is uncompromising in its color tone–there is no glimmer, glow or shimmer to break up the color and add dimension.  It’s a statement color because it is so flat–liquid with a touch of edge. Therein lies the drama, this color means business.

Swatches and comparisons:

You can see that it’s a wearable color, but one that stands out from the rest. Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book’s review includes a picture wearing Stunt–I think it looks fabulous on her.

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