Apr 302012

Chanel Summer 2012 brings us two new eyeliner pencils. First is Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Brun Intense ($29).

This pencil is a deep brown with subtle sparkle and a combination of both gold and red. It should coordinate beautifully with the Chanel Sable-Emvouyant Eyeshadow duo released at the same time (reviewed here), one of my favorite pieces of this collection. As with the other pencils in Le Crayon Yeux line, this comes with a smudge tip on one end, and of course a sharpener.

Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre ($28) is a subtle shimmery nude. Unlike Brun Intense, there is no smudger on one end, although there is a sharpener included.

The effect of using Peche Cuivre is very subtle. There is a slight sparkle, and the color nearly matches a fair skinned person. It adds the slightest touch of polish to the eye.  It’s pretty, but many of you will not notice any dramatic effect. Others will love the very soft brightness it will give to the eye area.  Because of the sparkle, those of you with sensitive eyes will want to use some caution if you are thinking about using this on your inner eye rim.

Swatches of Brun Intense and Peche Cuivre are able. I’ve also included some other eye-brighteners that Chanel has released over the past year–Khaki Platine and Rose Platine for comparison.

Bottom line:  Many eye pencil lovers will find Brun Intense a useful addition to their beauty stash. The texture is soft, and it is very easy to get an even, intense line of color. The smugger is handy to push the line into a subtle line of smoke. This is a very good addition to add a touch of depth to the bottom outer lid, as well as a good traditional eyeliner.

Peche Cuivre’s texture seems harder to me than Brun Intense. You’ve got to push it to really get some color onto the lid. Because the color is quite subtle on fair skin tones, the effect will be quite subtle. Given the price point, some caution should be exercised–that is, is the look perfectly subtle for you, or too subtle on your skin tone?  Personally, I liked the subtle effect of the pencil, it’s similar to adding a touch of a light eyeshadow (such as Burberry Porcelain or MAC Naked Lunch) under the eye as a brightener.

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Apr 302012

Chanel Summer 2012 brings two new Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks, the sheer coral En Vogue and the beige balmy Empreinte ($32.50) It has been a while since I’ve purchased any lipsticks from the Rouge Coco Shine line, and I purchased these both without taking a look at them in person. I wear Bonheur quite frequently (lately, almost daily), so my current impression of the line has been good. It may be a while until I buy another.

 So pretty in their tubes, aren’t they? You can see why I was tempted. En Vogue seems to be the perfect coral red, precisely on trend for this summer and coordinating perfectly with the rest of this sandy beige and gold collection.

And the soft sandy gold Empreinte seems like the perfect neutral for summer. Pair this with coral nails and you’re good to go, right?

What you get in the tube is sheer, sheer, sheer. Really, there should be a new word for sheer to describe these. As Messy Wands post confirms, the Chanel Calypso Glossimer in the Summer 2012 has a healthy dollop of pigment compared to En Vogue. And Empreinte is little more than a sheer balm on my pigmented lips.

Another, but don’t get your hopes up:

Yes, these are moisturizing balms that you can toss into your summer bag and apply without a care in the world. But so there’s no confusion:

  • These are sheer. I mean, there’s sheer and then there’s these. Sheeeeeeeer.
  • These do not last very long
  • If your lips are pigmented, and you’d like a pretty coral, look at the Chanel Calypso Glossimer or elsewhere
Bottom line:  Disappointing.

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Apr 302012

Chanel Sable-Émouvant Eyeshadow Duo ($42) is quite possibly my favorite item from the easy, soft, feminine Chanel Summer 2012 collection. It’s a stunning, soft, pigmented shimmery confection of a shimmery sandy creamy ivory and a warm reddish shimmery brown.

The duo in soft light:

In sunlight, so you can see the shimmery sparkles:


Comparison with Chanel Misty Soft eyeshadow duo, which is far more mauve:

Sable-Émouvant Eyeshadow Duo is highly blend able, easy to work with, really this duo is perfection. It’s going to coordinate well with this season’s corals and pinks, however this classic combination is going to be an awesome duo for almost anything that you’d want to throw at it. Just layer the lighter color on the lid, and smoke the darker color in the crease. Or use the darker color as a lid-wash, then add a touch of the cream in the inner corner.  It couldn’t be easier or more foolproof. Gorgeous perfection.

….And this is why I love Chanel. They take a classic combination and simply do it more beautifully.

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Apr 302012

Chanel Summer 2012 brings us two new limited edition bronzers– the lighter Sable Blonde (#907) and the deeper pink-bronze Sable Rose (#917) ($60 each). Both of these seem to be geared toward lighter skin tones, particularly compared to last year’s and certainly compared to Chanel’s standard bronzer line which reaches far toward deeper tones. To place this review in context, my skin tone is roughly NC15/Chanel Cameo, although sometimes it can be slightly deeper. I also find that Sable Blonde and Sable Rose. There is a warm gold sheen with these that, if your skin tone is more toward yellow/gold, you will absolutely adore.

First, Sable Blonde adds a slight touch of warmth to my skin tone, this color leans slightly yellow. Like the Joues Contraste blushes, the shimmer is evident in arm swatches but seems to melt into the skin when applied to the cheeks to give a pretty, soft glow:

Second, Sable Rose has a fair amount of rose red mixed with the bronze, and applies overall slightly more bronzier and deeper in tone compared to Sable Blonde:

Although I am pale, I can wear either one easily. Sable Beige looks very natural, a good everyday color. Sable Rose is still well within my comfort zone–it’s rosier tones mean that I don’t have to apply a blush.

Instead, I get a good warm healthy bronze with a touch of rose color.


Overall, I agree with Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book (review here, comparison swatches here) that these are both excellent bronzers. They are on the pale side, so those with lighter skin tones will find these highly wearable. If you have deeper skin tones, please try these out first (especially the lighter Sable Beige). The effect is much more subtle than last year’s stronger bronze tones.

Speaking from the sidelines, it appears as though both Chanel and Dior are releasing subtle bronzers this summer. I do love a good bronzer, so my heart was pre-set to love these. If you are more conservative, you will want to get one of these if:

  • You like a shimmery glow (not matte)
  • You want a subtle look
  • Your skin tone is light
  • You want a very finely-milled, good quality powder and don’t mind the $60 price point.

I’ll soon be reviewing a few more summer bronzers, including Guerlain’s Terracotta Sun Blondes #4, which may suit your needs better if you a looking for a deeper shimmery glow and you have a lighter skin tone.

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Apr 282012

At our makeover by Edward Bess at Bergdorf’s last month, Liz and I fell in love with his Ultra Slick lipsticks.  Our purchases included Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Demi Buff ($32), a creamy neutral with a pink-mauve kick.

Why did I wait so long to try these? When Liz and I lined up a row of numerous lip products to swatch, she immediately noticed a difference when we got to the Edward Bess. If I recall correctly, she said, “Wow! So luxurious!!” The creamy, moisturizing feel of this lipstick does feel like putting  on a cashmere sweater after you’ve worn some scratchy wool. The texture is noticeably better.

Lipsticks were the first product in Edward Bess’ line, and so it is no surprise that they are stars. The luxurious texture translates into a soft, moisturized glow on the lips. We found Demi Buff an excellent everyday color–perfect for brunch, office, or any everyday activity. It adds just enough color, staying quiet and sophisticated.

Here are comparisons with some of the neutrals. By comparison, Burberry Rosewood is more sheer (it takes a few swipes to build up this color with the Burberry, but only a single creamy swipe of Edward Bess layer down plenty of color).  Chanel Patchouli is lighter and more beige. Chanel Baroque is far deeper, and more brown.

Bottom line: Lovely. Really an amazing treat. Don’t be me–don’t wait so long to try these out. You’ll love them.

Edward Bess Demi Buff

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Apr 262012

A few months ago, I stopped washing my hair every day. I realize that this is a controversial statement. Some may find that unthinkable. Others will find it surprising that any rational person would ever consider washing their hair every day. The beauty world imploded when it was discovered that Adele said in a 2008 issue of Glamour Magazine that she only washes her hair with water; and only uses soap every two months or so (for more on that, see She Said Beauty’s post on “Can You Really Avoid Washing Your Hair For Two Months?”).

To catch everyone up, the concept is that washing your hair every day strips out beneficial oils and dries out the hair. Some women embrace the unwashed look without concern–one can virtually see their beneficial oils doing their fabulousness to their tresses, even when pulled back into a pony tail or scooped up into a clip. Others prefer to tame down the oilier parts with a touch of dry shampoo. Over the last few months, I’ve played with a few. And yes, my hair looks miles better since I’ve stopped abusing it.

One thing I noticed right away is that, although I’m not sensitive to most cosmetic scents, the smell of the dry shampoo really mattered to me. Why? The smell seems to cling and become noticeable, unless many blush or foundation scents that seem to fade throughout the day. Dry shampoo scents, it appears, last forever. Looking at various product reviews, I found wide taste variation–some insisted that one dry shampoo smelled the best, another review of the same shampoo found it disgusting. Some of this might be product age–sometimes products “turn” if they aren’t shelf-fresh. But others might be personal taste.

The idea is that the powder absorbs the oil in your hair, extending its life between shampoos. But applying too much dry shampoo seemed to dry out my hair, at least temporarily for the day.  So go easy. You apply a bit, wait 3-5 minutes, then brush it out.  Failing to brush it out can leave white areas of your hair (not pretty). You can always repeat if you didn’t use enough powder the first time.

Here are some thoughts about the ones I did try:

  • Suave is the least expensive (around $2-3 bottle, available at drugstores). I couldn’t stand the smell and threw it out. Sorry, I know its a really popular one. But that’s why it isn’t in the picture, above. Also, it didn’t seem as effective in getting rid of oil.
  • Umburto Beverly Hills (around $8, available at Target) works pretty well and is a fairly low-priced version. The spray was finer than the others that I tried. Not a bad compromise, but the scent wasn’t my favorite.
  • Kenra Color Care Platinum (around $20, in salons) Worked really, really well.  The sprayer seemed to dispense the perfect amount every time. Very easy to brush out. Very effective. The smell is tolerable.
  • Oscar Blandi Proto Dry Shampoo ($21 at Sephora) There are a few dry shampoos in the Oscar Blandi line, I used the non-aerosol version (pictured above). I like that it’s earth-friendly (no propellant), you just shake the bottle to apply the powder. You can squeeze it too if you want a big “poof.” It easy to overdo, because shaking isn’t super precise, and you can get it on clothing if you aren’t careful. The powder works really, really well.  I found the scent the most pleasant of all of these. Easy for travel, because this is a bottle of powder (not an aerosol). It even comes in a travel size ($11 at Sephora for 1 oz.).

My favorite so far is Oscar Blandi’s Pronto (winner winner!!). I reach for the Kenra if I’m already dressed in a dark top, because it’s spray is far more precise, which happens less and less as I incorporate dry shampoo into my early morning beauty routine.

I don’t claim to be any expert on these–I’m really just reporting the results of my beauty experiment.  I know that many women use good old baby powder. Have you tried a dry shampoo? Which do you like? Do you wash your hair everyday? Tell us more….

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Apr 242012

Butter London’s Lillibet’s Jubilee  ($14) is a limited edition release that commemerates the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

As Butter London describes, this color is a silvery, lavender metallic foil, heavily infused with holographic glitter.  This is a dramatic, fun color. A true foil with violet tones:

Here are more sites that have swatches:

  •  A Girl and Her Polish is here.
  •  Nail Notes is here.
  • Varnish Vixen is here.

Here’s a comparison of Lillibet’s Jubilee with a true silver foil, Nars Space Odyssey. I’ve also swatched this next to the more green Chanel Graphite and the deep gray Chanel Steel.

In very bright sun:

In shade:

Clearly, Butter London is not an office-friendly color. But we don’t live our entire lives in offices, now do we?

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Apr 242012

When I first saw Le Metier de Beaute’s Spring 2012 Color Core lipstick in Dubai ($32), I knew I had found a new favorite. Dubai is a soft, dusty rose that covers my pigmented lips completely, adds a moisturizing glow, and feels amazing. I really love this formula, and Dubai is the perfect, crowd-pleasing deep and gentle rose that will look flattering and universal on a wide range of skin tones. Comparison to Le Metier’s Fiji and Paris:

Dubai on Liz:

Le Metier de Beaute Dubai

 You can see that Dubai is deeper that Fiji.Here’s Liz modeling Dubai:

Bottom line: Highly wearable on-trend color, very moisturizing, nicely opaque with a single coat. Love.

Le Metier de Beaute sent Dubai to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration and review.

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Apr 242012

Le Metier de Beaute Color Core Lipstick in Fiji ($32) is a vibrant pink coral moisturizing luxury lipstick. Although it looks rather gentle in tone in the tube, Liz found that it applied with a vibrancy and comfort that demonstrates that the pigments and ingredients of this lipsticks are truly top-drawer. Here are comparisons between Le Metier’s Dubai, Fuji and Paris:

Here’s a bullet comparison between the soft dusty rose Le Metier de Beaute Dubai and Le Metier’s warmer, lighter Fiji:


Liz and I found that Fiji applied as a very gentle light pink on lips. Liz’s warm skin tones brought out some of the pink in Fiji–the peachy tone of Fiji in the tube does not seem to have translated to Liz’s lips. We both went “oooooh!” when she applied it because it seemed to transform a bit. On me, it applies much less vibrantly, as a quieter gentle warm somewhat light rose.

The coverage is very opaque-Le Metier’s Fiji covers my pigmented lips entirely. This is very unusual for a lipstick with such a light tone. Usually, lighter toned lipsticks are too sheer on me. As a tribute to its quality, the opacity does not create any chalky or require a thick layer of lipstick. I think we’ve all seen the “pile on the lipstick” effect that starts to creep into lip lines (not attractive, and very aging). The Le Metier Color Core formula means business–it covers with a thin layer of product, and the moisturizing formula adds a youthful, creamy glow.

Bottom line–awesome formula for someone who wants to look sophisticated without piling on layers of color. Moisturizing, lovely universal color and awesome coverage without requiring layers of pigment. Unfortunately, my love affair with Fiji will be short-lived, as Liz has claimed Fiji as her go-to Spring 2012 color. It’s ready for you, Liz!

Le Metier de Beaute sent Fiji to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review.


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Le Metier de Beaute Color Core Lipstick in Paris

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Apr 242012

Le Metier de Beaute has released an amazing line of vibrant Color Core Lipsticks ($32 each) for Spring 2012, including Paris.  Be still my heart, a lipstick named after my favorite city.

First of all, I should say that these lipsticks feel very moisturizing, yet they seem to last a few hours on me. That’s  pretty unusual for me–lipsticks rarely last more than one hour on me because I’m always talking, drinking water, and the like throughout the day. There’s no question that Le Metier de Beaute’s lipsticks are worthy of the label “high end luxury.”

Paris is a gorgeous, vibrant magenta pink that’s both striking and feminine. Opaque in one swipe, the color gives a soft, vibrant glow. The texture is very creamy with very tiny sparkle that is not perceptible unless you are focusing very, very close. This feels very balmy and yet it retains a very saturated color.


Here is Le Metier de Beaute Paris compared to Dubai and Fiji, also released with this same Spring 2012 Collection, which are far softer in tone:

Here’s a full face picture with Le Metier Paris on Liz:

Bottom line–if you want to wear some of the vibrant cool tone pinks on the lips, you’ll get an amazing formula and gorgeous glow with Le Metier de Beaute’s Paris. A luxurious, striking color.

Le Metier de Beaute sent Color Core in Paris to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.


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