Apr 282011
 
Chanel Khaki Discret 2

Chanel Summer 2011 includes a new eyeshadow duo, Khaki-Discret (#17 Ombres Contraste Duo/ Ombres a Paupieres Duo/ Eyeshadow Duo). Although both are based on a green theme, this duo is entirely different from the Lilium eyeshadow eyeshadow quad (reviewed here), released in this same collection.

The texture of Khaki-Discret is extraordinary.  It’s soft, highly pigmented and extremely blendable. Unlike Lilium’s blue-based green, Khaki-Discret’s deep green is a mossy olive green that is very rich and looks absolutely beautiful on the lid.  Unlike Lilium, the deeper shadow in Khaki-Discret are easily made opaque, very slightly shimmery and have no sparkle effect.

The lighter shade is a pleasant inner-corner highlight shade that is a light, shimmery almost celery green.  It’s a pretty combination.  Swatches:

As you can see, the deeper shade evokes the deep, soft olive green.  I wanted to pass along that Khaki-Discret required a primer to get all day color.  Worn alone, the green faded after about four hours on the lid with no primer.  I found that NARS Eyeshadow Primer was too sticky, interfering with Khaki-Discret’s excellent blendability.  Urban Decay’s Primer Potion was a good compromise.  I’d like to try it with a Chanel eyeshadow primer or Laura Mercier Eye Basic;  based on my experience those would likely work best.

Here is the comparison with other Chanel greens:

Overall, this is an excellent quality eyeshadow.  Highly recommended.

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Apr 272011
 
Chanel Lilium 2

Chanel Fluers d’Ete Summer 2011 collection includes the eyeshadow quad Lilium ($57) (#32 Les 4 Ombres a Paupieres Quatour/ Quadra Eye Shadow). Although two of the colors are medium-to-dark toned, the texture of the shadow is sheer, light and shimmery.  Applied, this gives an impression of a shimmery watercolor effect, more similar to the colors in a Claude Monet painting.

All of the four colors are shimmery and sheer when applied dry.  These colors have microsparkle that does appear on the lid when applied.  As with other Chanel eyeshadow quads, the colors are more intense when used wet:

  • A shimmery, sheer light pink
  • A very light, soft green
  • A very pretty cool medium-toned taupe (this looks gorgeous alone)
  • A deep very blue-toned green

The colors last easily when used over a base (for my testing, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I happened to use because it was convenient.  I’m sure others would work equally well or better).

Swatches (applied dry):

Because I have blue-green eyes, I approached Lilium with some trepidation.  Usually, green eyeshadows on green eyes are not the best choice.  Fortunately, the green in Lilium has enough deep blue that the color is workable, especially applied wet as a liner.  I found that I liked the following combination best:

  • The light pink from lash line to brow as a highlighter/ base shade
  • Taupe all over the lid as a wash, and smudged lightly under the eye
  • The deep blue-green used wet as a liner

Here is Liz using the combination that she devised–the pink all over from lash line to brow, and the light green in the outer corner up to the crease:

Chanel’s Summer 2011 collection also includes a duo, Khaki-Discret, which I’ll review tomorrow.  In case you are wondering, the overall impression of the two palettes is completely different.  Particularly because Chanel has released a number of greens over the past few years, I thought it helpful to include a comparison of them for you to see:

Overall, Lilium is a pleasant and workable quad for fair toned Chanel lovers.  It’s very pretty–the light and sheer colors are designed to bring light and depth to the eye.  Those looking for deep or dramatic effects should keep looking–the colors apply sheerly, shimmery and with a touch of sparkle.  As you can see on Liz’s photo, we both enjoy lighter tones on the eye to add a touch of color and light without looking too heavy.  Whether because of eye shape, coloring, or taste, I find that opaque deeper colors on my eye have to be used carefully and so I’m unlikely to use these shades wet (except as a liner).  This quad will not be for everyone, but for those looking for a pleasant spring quad it is definitely worth a look.

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Apr 262011
 
Chanel Rose Bronze 3

Yesterday, we started looking at two Soleil Tan de Chanel 4 Facettes Bronzers ($50 each)– Bronze Corail (#537)(above, left) and Bronze Rose (#547)(above, left) from Chanel’s Summer 2011 Fleurs d’Ete Collection.  Today, we’ll look at Bronze Rose in more detail.

Like Bronze Corail, Bronze Rose uses the four-band design and comes with a large, usable brush.  The compact is slim, sturdy and elegant.

The most obvious difference between the two is the substitution of a light pink blush at the bottom of Bronze Rose, instead of the brighter coral used on Bronze Corail.  I may be the only blogger who thinks this, but I found Bronze Corail applied more deeply in tone, and more shimmery overall. I felt that Bronze Rose was slightly cooler, not as shimmery and more subtle than Bronze Corail.  Certainly, both worked beautifully on Liz’s and my MAC NC15/ Chanel Cameo-Ivoire skintones.  I felt that I would reach for Bronze Rose during the cooler winter months, or for the office.  Bronze Corail is a more pigmented, and therefore gives a more dramatic and deeper tone.

Swatches of Bronze Rose are below.  You can see that, compared to these swatches of Bronze Corail, Bronze Rose is more subtle and less shimmery:

Here’s a look that Liz did using Bronze Rose, with the very same makeup she used in this post using Bronze Corail–Chanel Rouge Allure in Super topped with Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imagaire, and the Chanel Lilium eyeshadow quad.  Liz did not add any other bronzer or blush to the look, all that you see here over her foundation is Bronze Rose and Caron loose powder in Translucent.

In the comparison below, despite the difference in lighting you can see that the effect of Bronze Rose is more subtle.  Here, Liz concentrated the lower pink shade on her cheeks to add a blush effect to the cheeks.

Liz and I discussed which was our favorite bronzer of the Summer 2011 season that we have tried so far–Guerlain Terra Inca, the Soleil Tan de Chanel or Dior Aurora?  First, you should see these comparison swatches at The Beauty Look Book.  Second, we should caution you that we both feel that bronzers are very much “your mileage may vary.”  Your personal preferences, your skin tone and the look you are trying to achieve will vary with both.  Furthermore, you can never tell how a bronzer will look until you apply it to your own skin.  Liz and I agreed that these were all beautiful, excellent quality bronzers.  We really loved all of them for the looks that they can give.

For us, it really came down to the question, “If you had to skip lunch for a while to afford one of these, which one would it be?”  We really didn’t need to discuss this very long to conclude that Dior Nude Glow in Aurora won both of our hearts for purely subjective and emotional reasons.  In the final analysis, it gave us the color, glow and tan shade that we liked best.  The Tan de Chanel bronzers came in at a very close second–and if forced to choose between those two, we’d go with Chanel Bronze Corail.  We both like a stronger bronze look, although we’re sure to love Chanel’s Bronze Rose in the Fall and Winter.

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Apr 252011
 
Bronze Corail 1b

Chanel Fleurs d’Ete Summer 2011 Collection is a small series of items to update your look for summer.  This includes three Le Vernis polishes (all reviewed here), the re-promotion of two existing Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks (Gardenia has been reviewed here, Sari Dore is too warm for my taste and will not be reviewed), and three sheer Glossimers (too sheer for my taste and will not be reviewed).  We’ll cover the three eye products (Lilium eyeshadow quad, Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo and the Rose Plantine liner) later this week.

Unquestionably, the stand-outs from this collection are the bright yellow Le Vernis polish in Mimosa and the two Soleil Tan de Chanel 4 Facettes Bronzers ($50 each)– Bronze Corail (#537)(above, left) and Bronze Rose (#547)(above, left)(reviewed tomorrow with our thoughts about a comparison between the two).

Soleil Tan de Chanel in Bronze Corail re-awakens the four-band design seen in a past Chanel collection, adding a touch of color at the bottom stripe this time around.  Thankfully, Chanel’s compact is the same uniform size as the other bronzer and powder foundation products, fitting nicely into one’s makeup drawer.  The brush is large, usable and ideal for both home use and travel.  I’ve been packing this Chanel format compact for years–with minimal care, the slim design, large mirror and well-designed brush travels extremely well.

Bronze Corail includes four subtly shimmery shades:

  • A warm shimmery caramel
  • A creamy shimmery highlight
  • A deep, shimmery tan
  • A pleasant, medium-toned coral with enough pink to pull it out of the “orange” category on warm toned, fair skin

Bronze Corail delivers medium pigmentation with the enclosed brush, or a standard powder or brush brush. For fair skin tones, a standard blush brush does very well with medium pressure.   Of the two palettes, Bronze Corail is going to work on the widest variety of skin tones.  The pigmentation is buttery soft.   The shimmer is sophisticated;  note that Bronze Corail is not quite as glowy as Dior Nude Glow in Aurora.  Chanel’s Bronze Corail does not have any  hint of unnatural metallic, sparkle or duo chrome.

Chanel suggests applying the top two shades closer to the eyes.

Liz and I found that this was somewhat do-able with the enclosed brush, but we didn’t try to be precise.  We don’t believe that picking up each color separately is really very practical.  We preferred to use a large brush over the entire surface, then focusing in with a smaller head brush in the blush/contour area.  We went with the top two shades around the eye, the bottom two in the blush/contour area.

Here’s a look that Liz did using Bronze Corail, Chanel Rouge Allure in Super (reviewed here, limited edition from last summer) topped with Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imagaire, and the Chanel Lilium eyeshadow quad (to be reviewed later this week).  Liz did not add any other bronzer or blush to the look, all that you see here over her foundation is Bronze Corail and Caron loose powder in Translucent.

Liz and I both find that Soliel Tan de Chanel in Bronze Corail is an excellent summer bronzer, and likely to work over a wide variety of warm skin tones.  The deep natural color, the ease of application and hint of color give a very pleasant, elegant bronzed look.  Given its overall lighter tone, I suspect that as skin tones begin to get deeper than MAC NC40 or so, that Bronze Corail may not be the best choice.  Also, both Liz and I are decidedly warm toned.  The caramel tone in the compact suggests that cooler skin tones should try before you buy.  Unquestionably, Chanel Bronze Corail is gorgeous, well-designed and excellent quality bronzer.  As both Liz and I live on the West Coast of the U.S. where a deeper bronzed look is prevalent, we anticipate running Bronze Corail down to the pan.

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Apr 202011
 

Guerlain’s official press email arrived with full information about their Terra Inca Summer 2011 collection.  Every year, I’ve looked forward to Guerlain’s summer offerings and they have always exceeded my high expectations.  This year looks like one of the best ever.

 

Terra Inca Star Powder ($70) has two subtly pearl shades: a highlighting golden beige and a bronze-tinted pink. Together these shades will embellish your complexion while warming the skin with an iridescent glow. This comes in a gorgeous engraved case that will look gorgeous on your makeup table.  You can find Café Makeup’s review, swatches and makeup look here.  Some of Guerlian’s application tips:

  • Apply with Guerlain’s Terracotta bronzing powder to illuminate tanned complexions or use on its own for a natural glow.
  • Apply to curves of the face to add instant radiance to the complexion.
  • Apply to the décolleté and shoulders for a natural shimmer.

Terre Indigo 4-shade Eyeshadow ($59) Guerlain has created interlacing, intense colors, sprinkled with golden arabesques. Like colorful Incan qompi fabrics woven from shadows and pigments, the Terre Indigo eyeshadow includes vibrant orange, an intense blue, a deep brown and a lighter brown, speckled with a pale golden tone.   Application tips from Guerlain:

  • Simply chic: apply the light brown tone to the eyelid, layer the orange shade on the upper part, then give more intensity to the eyes by applying the darker brown to the outer corner of the eye.
  • Trendy:  apply the orange shadow to the eyelid fold, sweep a single blue tone over the eyelid and add a small amount of light brown to the outer corner of the eye.
  • Fiesta Vibe: apply the orange tone to the entire eyelid, add the blue shadow to the eyelid fold, then apply the light brown shade along the lashes and the dark brown shade under the lower lashes. Dressed in a golden glimmer, sea sparkles and sunlight, the eyes are ready to show off a bold look.

 

Ombre Fusion Cream Eyeshadow ($35 each) is has the softness of a powder, the richness of a cream and the lightness of water all in one.These eyeshadows reveal a spectacular metallic effect by adorning the eyelids with fabulous shimmering reflections. The effect is striking and will last from dawn to dusk. Designed to resist heat and dips in the ocean, the Ombre Fusion eyeshadows are the first Guerlain cream eyeshadows specially created for summer! Available in 3 shades: 01 Bahia, 02 Havana, 03 Maya.  Guerlain’s application tips:

  • Apply the eyeshadow to the eyelid with the applicator, then blend in with fingertip to create an illuminated effect.
  • Use the beveled side of the Ombre Fusion applicator for a metallic liner effect.

NaturalNChic Makeup has some preliminary swatches of these cream eyeshadows (and of the Terre Indigo palette here). I’ve got these on order, and hoping to review them when they arrive.  Yuki’s Lazy Channel has several items swatched here, including these glosses…

This year’s Terracotta Glosses ($30.50 each) look delicious, don’t they?  I think this is the summer of neon!  According to Guerlain, “just in time for summer and plenty of scorching kisses, Guerlain presents three new Terracotta Gloss creations. Neon fuchsia, sunny coral, flamboyant red make lips look mischievous and ravishing, dangerously delicious. These neon colors are sheer on application and will add shine while giving an instant radiance boost to the face! Their secret? A luminous and translucent formula, free of sparkles but packed with pigments. This non-sticky gloss can be applied at any time of day for an ultra-sensual effect.”  Available in 3 shades: 07 Salsa, 08 Mambo, 09 Tango.

Guerlain’s is also re-releasing the Khol Kajal ($36), which I haven’t tried but it makes me very curious.  This summer’s color is called Black Frida (#01).

By the way, if you are thinking of ordering online, I’ve been receiving some very good service from the Guerlain boutique in Las Vegas, at (702) 732-7008.  For my last order, they sent out this sweet gift with purchase:

I do not know whether they are running anything currently, but they have been nice about waiving shipping for larger orders, perfume samples and other gifts with purchase.

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Apr 202011
 

Chanel Summer 2011 Les Fleurs D’ete de Chanel includes three shades of the Le Vernis Nail Colour ($25 each).  Mimosa (#577) is the bright, highly-anticipated “must have” shimmery yellow.  Beige Petale (#567) is a light sheer high-shine beige.  Morning Rose (#557) is a semi-sheer pink with gold glitter sparkle.  Like flowers in a bouquet, these three shades could not be more different from each other.  My assumption is that together this extreme range is intended to be a complete summer wardrobe, to be worn for entirely different occasions.  It is true that, during the summer months, I feel pulled in so many different occasions and events that a variety is welcome.

Mimosa is a fitting for a runway (or, for most of us, beach and poolside).  This color is probably best captured on a cell phone, at a distance.  It is distinctive, daring and says “Yes, I have this year’s Chanel.”  Like a wink across a room, I imagine that women across the world will be flashing this color as the not-so-secret sign of summer chic.  Learning from beauty bloggers who tried this color before me, including the British Beauty Blogger’s helpful instructions, I realized that this formula worked best on a slick base coat.  By this writing, I’ve applied Mimosa six separate times, and I want to pass along what I’ve learned.

Mimosa Application Tip #1:  Although I usually use CND Stickey, that would be an very, very unfortunate choice for Mimosa.  Because Mimosa’s formula is notoriously unforgiving, the most ridge-filling, smoothest base is the best.  I chose Chanel’s own Protective Base Coat ($25), reasoning that if any base worked well with a Chanel polish, it should be the Chanel base coat.  Chanel’s Protective Base Coat is a milky color, and it dries to a very even, non-sticky surface, and even seems to slightly fill ridges and imperfections along the way.  The British Beauty Blogger actually used a topcoat under Mimosa, to get a perfectly even surface.

Mimosa Application Tip #2: Let the brush “float” over the nail, keeping a layer of the polish between your brush and the nail surface.  Like many opaques, Mimosa’s brush can “scrape” off the color that you’ve already applied, leaving a bare patch.  Do not allow the brush to touch the nail.  Instead, load up the brush with enough for a full swipe, and deposit it with virtually no pressure as you go.

Mimosa Application Tip #3: Allow plenty of dry time between coats.  Although this formula is opaque, I need three coats to get good coverage.  Unlike some Chanel formulas that seem to dry in less than a minute, Mimosa needs a good full 5-10 minutes to fully dry to avoid dents.

Although I (and other bloggers) found Mimosa challenging to apply, once deposited it seems to dry to a nice shiny finish.  Still, I’d use a topcoat because a color this vibrant does tend to show wear easily.  Unfortunately, I do not believe my application is perfect and bright yellows are not the best color for my warm skin tone (which are still a bit trashed from traveling), but I’ll post my results nonetheless:

Morning Rose is a sheer pink with a touch of gold glitter.  It’s an easy color for brush-and-go, a polite pink that gives a pretty wash of color and allows the natural nail to show through.  The glitter dries to a bit of a bumpy surface, which is easily remedied with a topcoat.  I chose Chanel Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer ($25), although certainly others will do.

Here, I applied two coats of Morning Rose.  I do not believe that this polish is intended to be worn fully opaque, it feels more like a glossimer than a lipstick.  And we all know that a soft stain of shiny color in the summer can look very fresh.

Beige Petale is a very sheer, shiny beige.  The Beauty Look Book has accurate, clear pictures of the color worn alone together with some comparisons.  It gives the nail a very healthy, even appearance.  It’s one of those shades that I find myself using up because it can be applied without thinking, dries quickly, and takes you anywhere.  It softens the nail line but looks very natural, like a good finishing powder.  Are there dupes? Probably, but I’ll still use Beige Petale down to the bottom of this gorgeous, classic bottle rather than spend the same amount (or more) trying to hunt down a duplicate in another brand.

To alleviate the boredom from seeing one more swatch of sheer Beige Petale here, I decided to play with my Beige Petale by dressing it up with some colors from Creative Nail Design.  As many of you know, Creative Nail Design makes a line of Colors, plus a line of Effects that add different textures and tones to a standard nail polish.

Here, I applied Beige Petale on my Chanel topcoat, then topped it with the Creative Nail Design Effect in Gold Pearl. I then topped it with a sheer coat of Creative Nail Design sheer color in Rosewater, which is genius for knocking down the slight green cast of Gold Pearl.  As an aside, if you are looking for something similar to Beige Petale but in pink, Rosewater is a good choice.  The result using all three of these color layered has a milky irridescence:

Overall, Chanel’s summer nail offerings offer a pleasant variety of colors.  Generally, I’m pleased that I have them in my collection.  Chanel seems to have perfected the modern classic, with a touch of edge and trend that we look for every summer.

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Apr 182011
 

Diorskin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora ($46 #001), has been reviewed by Cafe Makeup here and here. As you’ll recall, this is a gorgeously textured Summer 2011 bronzer that has a touch of pinky peach.

We had many requests to see this bronzer applied, so this weekend Liz was kind enough to do a few pictures.  She applied Dior Aurora all over the face using the large, soft Chanel Flat Powder Brush (reviewed here).  She swept the brush in a downward motion, to mimic the way that the light hits the face from the sun.  She then took a small-headed MAC 165 brush, and applied Dior Aurora in a more concentrated way on her cheeks, parts of her forehead and a bit on her chin.  Liz is not wearing any blush or highlighter.  The only color you see over her foundation is Dior Aurora.

Liz is wearing Dior Aurora over Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation in Intensity 1.0 Ivoire, together with Chanel Rouge Coco Magnolia lipstick (reviewed here) topped with Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imaginaire (reviewed here).  She’s wearing the white and pink shades from Chanel’s Ombres Perlees eyeshadow palette (reviewed here).  Just for fun, Liz added a touch of MAC Reflects Gold as a wash over the eyeshadow for a little added sparkle.

We both enjoy Dior Aurora for use on the face, because the little touch of pinky peach and glow.  Dior Aurora is a glowy bronzer–that is, the skin seems to pick up a luminous look where the light hits.  It eliminates the need to add a blush and/or highlighter, and so it’s a very convenient way to get a very natural summer look.  Particularly in the very top picture, you can see that the little bit of color gives the impression of lightly sun-touched skin, without the incurring any damage of actual sun exposure.

Here’s a quick comparison of Dior’s Aurora and Guerlain’s Terra Inca (reviewed here)–which do you prefer?

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Apr 172011
 

Guerlain Summer 2011 includes Terra Inca ($70- Poudre Sublimatrice / Sublime Radiance Powder), a softly bronzed illuminating powder.  Every summer, Guerlain has introduced a stunning bronzing powder. As has been Guerlain’s tradition, the pan size every year is quite large.  At $70, this year’s Inca is the largest offering in recent memory at .51 ounces (14.5 g).  A quick review of their earlier offerings shows that this is almost twice as large as a few years ago, and one-third larger than last year’s.  This large size is very practical for a product that can be used for both the face and body.

The packaging is a sleek, low-profile back case with a gorgeous sunburst engraving on the outside.  I was quite happy to see that this is not made of cardboard, it has the feel of wood or a wood composite.  It’s beautifully executed, and designed as a richly-textured, sturdy accent to your makeup table.

The top is not hinged, rather it pulls off entirely to reveal a large, usable mirror underneath.  Like Guerlain’s other elaborate summer offerings, these are not made for travel.  When closed, the Terra Inca lid is held in place with three small magnets–one pair of these magnets is pictured just below.  These magnets release with slight pressure, which is wonderful for a makeup counter but not for a suitcase.  If you wish for something on-the-go, as you likely know Guerlain makes gorgeous Terracotta bronzers in compacts that are better alternatives for travel.

This bronzer is made of a intricately carved powder–really, it’s quite beautiful in its execution.

As you can see, the pan holds a powder that has a fair amount of glow and shimmer.  Here is another picture:

Here is a very close look at the beautiful workmanship on the top of the pan, which shows the pearly quality of this beautiful powder.  It’s been my experience that Guerlain is a company that has a particularly sophisticated understanding of powders, as well as bronzers.  I find myself unable to miss their annual summer bronzers, because really the best of both worlds comes together in these offerings.  As you can see, this powder catches the light beautifully, a quality which translates when worn on the skin:

My general sense is that this year’s Terra Inca is primarily designed for those with lighter skin tones.  Although deeper in tone than Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder, it is gently tinted although buildable.  If you are looking for something in the range of Nars Casino, or are deeper in tone than MAC NC 40, this is something you would need to try at a counter before purchasing.

Here is Terra Inca on Liz, who is a Mac NC15/ Chanel Cameo-Ivoire Intensity 1.0.  She applied it lightly all over the face, then added more over the cheek area.  She topped Terra Inca with a touch of Chanel Pink Explosion blush (reviewed here).

Some of you may have seen Liz’s reaction on Facebook to Guerlain’s Terra Inca.  Generally, we both concur that Terra Inca is an excellent bronzer.  It has a beautifully natural, yet pearly texture that adds a glow and tone to the skin that looks quite beautiful (no one would mistake Liz’s bronzing technique for that used by the Jersey Shore’s Snooki, that’s certain).  In a one-to-one comparison, we should note that we preferred Dior’s Nude Glow Summer Powder in Aurora (reviewed here, $46) over Terra Inca.

We’ll post more thoughts tomorrow, although for now we found that Dior’s Aurora is smaller in size (about .35 ounces), although less expensive ($46 for Dior, and $70 for Guerlain).  We liked the pink tinge that Aurora gives for a “just out from the sun” look particularly on the face.  Although we appreciated the beauty of Guerlain’s packaging, we liked Dior’s Aurora compact better for travel.  Guerlain’s Terra Inca is more traditional bronzer color, which means adding a touch of blush on top.  None is necessary for Dior’s in our opinion.  We found that both gave an excellent glow.  We should also note that Liz wore Guerlain’s Terra Inca all day in the hot sun (over sunblock and foundation), she was complimented several times for her skin texture, glow and overall look.  I completely concur, Guerlain’s Terra Inca was absolutely beautiful on Liz.  Also, keep in mind that Guerlain’s is designed for both face and body.  Dior’s Aurora is for the face.

We both highly recommend Guerlain’s Terra Inca, but if you must choose just one, stay tuned for tomorrow’s more in-depth review of Dior’s Aurora.

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Apr 142011
 
Guerlain Rouge Automatique 3

 

Since I posted this preview, Guerlain’s introduction of Rouge Automatique ($32 each) lipstick has already become a success.  The combination of the sleek, beautiful and thoughtfully functional packaging and the moisturizing, pigmented formula is a winner–this line fits within so many criteria that women want.  I’m in love with all of the lipstick innovations that we’ve seen so far in 2011, and Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique is part of the leading edge.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique’s packaging incorporates a sliding mechanism that pulls the lipstick bullet up as the piece is pushed down.  On the top, there is a little door which is pulled down with the slider, and is tucked into the package as it goes.

The picture, above, shows the little door opening as the square is pulled down.  If you look closely, below, you can see where the square tucks into the package:

Overall, the packaging is well-machined, lightweight and smooth.  I’m not concerned about snagging the mechanism on fragile scarves or sweaters, and it is no larger than the average lipstick tube.

To turn to the formula, Guerlain kindly sent Cafe Makeup two colors for testing:  Nahema (#143) and Vega (#125), both named for two of Guerlain’s iconic scents (all of the lipsticks in the Rouge Automatique are).

Nahema is a soft, warm red-pink-coral that has a lovely shimmer.  It’s a gorgeous summer color, very fresh and beautiful.

Closer (you can see the shimmer on the bullet):

Here, I compare Nahema to the peachy-coral Lancome Chris n Tell (reviewed here), as well as Chanel Flamboyante (reviewed here).  I found that Nahema was closer in tone to Chanel Flamboyante but applied more sheerly and with more of a peachy tone.

Liz and I found Nahema nicely pigmented and had a pleasant, moisturizing feel.  Nahema is quite luminous, and gives quite a good amount of color to Liz’s naturally pink lips.  My estimate is that these have about 90% coverage–there is a bit of your natural lip color that will show through using no lipliner and average application techniques.

Vega is a deep, warm red with a touch of brown.  It looks quite dramatic in the tube and when first applied.  There is virtually no shimmer to Vega.

Closer:

Vega applies as a nearly-opaque warm red, with the same lovely moisturizing feel as Nahema.  During the first hour, Vega retains its color and glow nicely.  After some sips and normal lipwear, Vega faded to a beautiful matte rosewood color.  It still retained some of the moisturizing feel even during the second hour.  I should note that my wear time with these was comparable to other high end lipsticks, such as the Chanel Rouge Allure.  The wear time of the Guerlain Rouge Automatiques is certainly longer than Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine line. I should mention that I go through lipsticks rather quickly, I’ve never tried a lipstick that lasted any longer than 2 hours on me with acceptable color.

Here is Vega swatched next to the comparatively browner and deeper Chanel Rouge Coco Rouge Noir and Chanel Rouge Coco in Baroque.  The closest color to Vega in my stash is Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendome, which is another warm, browned-red, although Vendome is a slightly more sheer red.

Guerlain’s Vega on Liz:

Overall, I love the formula, packaging, price-point.  I’m sincerely looking forward to exploring more colors in this line as I’ve been very impressed with the product that I’ve seen so far.  The formula and look of this line transcends age (they look good on younger lips, as well as on the rest of us), and the color has a universal appeal (Liz is now the happy owner of Nahema, and I’ve kept Vega).  Highly recommended.

These lipsticks were provided by Guerlain free of charge for review and consideration.

 

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Apr 132011
 

At this post, I introduced two Dior vernis nail colors from the Dior Mitzah Collection— Ebony (#912) and and Camel (#622) (23 euros each), which I found during my recent trip to Paris.  As appropriate for a small, boutique collection, these colors are edgy and distinct.  You will not see them on everyone. Indeed, I anticipate that many Café Makeup readers may not enjoy them when compared to more traditional nail colors.

Personally, I wore Camel for a few days and it made me supremely happy.  It’s a very unusual greyed-down medium tone that’s often overlooked in the makeup world.  It’s one of the few yellows that I can wear on my warm skintone.  It’s warmer than a Grey Poupon mustard tone, rather it is more like a rich cashmere winter coat.  “Neutral with an edge” is one of my biggest weaknesses and so I’ve fallen hard for Camel.

Here is a swatch of Dior Ebony, a deep brown with a touch of grey.  You can see that it is much deeper than Chanel Particuleire (reviewed here) and Chanel Khaki Rose (reviewed here).  It lacks the green undertone of Chanel Khaki Brun (reviewed here) and lacks the shimmer and green/gold undertone of Dior Czarina Gold (reviewed here).

 

Whether you enjoy this color is a matter of your personal preference.  The formula is excellent, these are beautifully opaque in two coats.  These swatches are made without any topcoat.

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