Mar 142014
 

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Guerlain’s Les Tendres eyeshadow quad ($69) is a pretty, soft palette of colors that is similar in to tone to the light, soft colors of Chanel Jardin Zen. Guerlain’s Les Tendres offers a soft mix of a mauve, beige, light taupe, a peach and a soft light blue that blends into a pretty spring eye with a touch of sophistication.

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The texture and quality of this Guerlain Les Tendres is superb. Those who are looking for soft, natural color that is layer-able will love to work with this one.

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The compact has a full sized mirror, and a slim design that is easily packable. Swatches:

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Another set:

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Liz work the three lightest shade in this look, along with Nars Love blush, Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer, and Nars Stourhead on her lips.

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Close-up on Liz:

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Overall, we love the soft gleam that Guerlain Les Tendres gives to the lids. This is limited edition, and selling out fast, so if you are interested you should not delay further.

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Mar 132014
 

JardinCamelias2014_collection

We chose a few items from Chanel Jardin de Camelias that we’d like to share with you, to put you in the mood for spring. This collection is exclusive to Chanel.

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The Chanel Jardin de Camilias is part of a long tradition of this line to release a soft, face-brightening capsule collection this time of year. Of the items that we chose, my favorite is the Chanel Ombres Tracees eyeshadow palette in Jardin Zen ($65).

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This softly pigmented collection has a light cream-toned highlighter and a soft cool pink. To keep the color palette in the sophisticated (rather than the jejune) side of things, Chanel has added a soft mid tone grey-mauve and a deep pigmented black. There is a soft sheen throughout the shades, and an inconsistent bit of sparkle throughout the mauve and black shades. The design is gorgeous.

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Swatches:

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Chanel Jardin Zen is the perfect palette for understated sophistication. If you are the kind of person who thinks that most eyeshadows look too strong on you, this is the perfect palette for you. This lightest shades are a soft whisper of color in an ultra-finely-milled powder. Here is Liz wearing the three lightest shades, applied very lightly with the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush.

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I’ve been having very good luck applying this palette with the Wayne Goss eyeshadow brushes (typically, #3). We didn’t use the Jardin Zen black shade in this picture, although it makes a good eyeliner shade or applied softly in the outer “V” of the eye to add depth.

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Above, Liz is also wearing the Chanel Joues Contraste powder blush in Sakura ($43). This is a softly-pigmented cool medium pink. We had to layer it on quite a bit to build up the color that you see on Liz in these photographs.

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Above, Liz is wearing the Jardin Zen eyeshadow palette, the Chanel Sakura blush, and Tom Ford Paradiso lipstick. Below, she wearing the same makeup and singing Jay Z’s “Tom Ford” because we get sort of carried away like that. She’s also used the T3 Bodywaver ($149). We’ve both become addicted (we each own one by this point). Anyway, I think the Chanel Jardin de Camelias products look quite natural on her.

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We also tried  two Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks in this collection–Chanel Rouge Allure Charmeuse and Chanel Rouge Allure Fleurie ($34 each). Chanel Charmeuse is a pretty soft lustrous semi-sheer nude.

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There is a touch of shimmer in the formula.  This reminds me of Tom Ford Pink Dune, but the formula feels more moisturizing and lush.

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Because Charmeuse has some sheerness, it doesn’t “blank out” one’s lips or give the “corpse effect.” You’ll see a touch of your natural lip color showing through, depending on how heavily you apply the color. On Liz:

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Chanel Fleurie is a cool medium rose with red shimmer reflects.

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Another:

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This reminded me of Tom Ford Paradiso, however again I prefer the Chanel formulation (your mileage may vary, but the Rouge Allure feels better and seems to last a bit longer on me). On Liz:

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Swatches:

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Overall, this quiet little capsule collection from Chanel is easy to miss. Perhaps you shouldn’t, especially if you love soft, natural colors that look amazing everyday.

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Jan 312014
 

Narsissist Palette16

I’m posting this just to let you know that the Nars Narsissist Palette is up for sale on Nordstrom.com (reviewed here). Given that this sold out quickly on the Nars website, please do not wait to order this may sell out  fast elsewhere.

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Also, on a personal note, I’m undertaking some important personal projects at the moment. Cafe Makeup should be ready to post more frequently after February 10, 2014.  Thank you so much for your understanding.

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Jan 172014
 

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NARS is knocking it out of the park right now. This is a first look at the Narsissist Eye Palette ($79/0.03 oz.), an incredible palette of 15 high-quality, NARS-quality shades. This is currently for sale now sold out on Nars website, and will soon be available from other Nars sources. The official release date for department and speciality stores is February 1st. I’m so glad that this palette exists–this is so beautiful and well done. Yes, I know that we’re seeing a wealth of neutral palettes right now from Smashbox, MAC, Urban Decay. But since I first dipped a brush into All About Eve, I’ve loved the quality of Nars eyeshadows and this palette delivers a rich source of beautiful neutrals all in one place, at a remarkably low price point (given the high quality level). The press materials list this as limited edition.

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I’ve been playing with this for a few days, and I’ve fallen in love with it. How easy is it to use this palette every morning, 4-5 days a week? Which palette should I take to that multi-day conference, where there are both daytime and evening events? Which single eyeshadow item is going to slide into the side of a carryon, yet is sturdy enough to arrive safely, uncrushed? (The outer dimensions are roughly 6 1/2″ x 3 1/4″) In addition to the ultra-large mirror, there really cannot be a question–the Narsissist palette delivers it all.

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  Some might think that the lighter shades are too light (or nude), and the darker shades too dark. Keep in mind that Nars truly does design from all skin tones, as the line that brought us everything from All About Eve to the deep Brousse, and so many shades in between. I believe that 100% of the users of this palette will be able to use 80-100% of the shades.

Narsissist Palette14The shades included are NARS neutral classics, which are:  All About Eve, Madrague, Fez, Bali, Coconut Grove, Madrague ll, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse, Mekong, Bellissima, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon, and Pandora.

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 Here are swatches of the top row, a highly usable set of almost every shade of browns. Many of these run warm:

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The second row, which has some unbelievable cool shades. So pretty!:

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The bottom row, which has some epic shades with beautiful depth:

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These swatches aren’t ideal, as they were taking as the sun was getting low and the lighting is warm. Nonetheless, the swatches show the beautiful range and depth of this palette. Really, this is epic. I’m hoping to post some updates soon. The release date for department and specialty stores is February 1st. For now, the palette is up for sale on Nars website, Right now there is free shipping with any order, and this palette is over the minimum for free ship on the site year-round. Up until February 1, 2014, you can get a free mini Super Orgasm blush with the code JANMINI14.

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Jan 142014
 

NARS Kaui Eyeshadow Duo2 copy

Nars has released some unbelievably beautiful eyeshadows for Spring 2014–Kauai and China Seas ($34 each). I hope they’ve made enough of these. They’re so gorgeous.  You can order them right now on NARS website, and they are up for backorder sale shipping 1/31/14 on Nordstrom.com. Particularly for Kauai, which is absolutely must-have in my opinion, I would get one as soon as circumstances allow.

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We’re seeing some stunning mettalics this season, and so far Nars Kauai is the most stunning of all. The soft cool gold metal can be buffed into the eye for a beautiful sheen. The multidimensional, complex purple on the right provides a stunning accompaniament in the crease.

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Here are some very quick arm-swatches, which do not do justice to the beauty of these shades. I’ve found that the best way to use these is with a flat-paddle shaped brush (similar to this one). You don’t need to place much on the brush. Then buff, buff, buff the shade into your lid in a back and forth, windshield-wiper motion. This prevents migration and fall-out. These colors are so complex and vibrant, you still retain much of the complexity and sheen. I used these with Nars eyeshadow primer for wear that only began fading after a 14-hour work day (no creasing either). This is a dream duo, the colors are so elegant. The gold is not too warm, and the purple goes violet on my lid and brings out the green in my eyes. I love, love, love Nars Kauai.

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China Seas is an unusual combination of two incredible shades. The light blue is a pretty, complex, and yet not overpowering shade. The red-purple is a deep and mysterious color that I cannot imagine finding anywhere else. The combination of the two is brilliant.  Who else but Francois Nars would imagine that these work together as well as they (in fact) do?

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Both shades are beautifully pigmented, but can be sheered out for a less dramatic effect. They are complex satin shimmers. I’ve been pairing the right red-violet shade with a taupe-mauve in the crease. As the weather warms and the sun begins shining again, I’ll add the blue shade under the eye together with a cool bronzer.

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Here are the shades applied a touch sheerly (they can be built up to full force easily enough). You can see that they have a slight duo chrome effect that is simply stunning.

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I was so excited about both of these duos that I could not wait to post these swatches. I urge you not to let these go without picking them up, or at least a good look as they begin to arrive at counters. Both are absolutely stunning.

Available at Nordstrom.com and  NARS website, and other Nars counters and boutiques.

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