Sep 082010

As described here, Joeybunny and I had a wonderful time at Bergdorf Goodman’s makeup counters last week to investigate lovely new things. This includes new lipsticks and glosses from Edward Bess, which will be available in December for sale.

I’m really happy that Neiman Marcus has begun carrying Edward Bess’ products–the more Edward Bess used in the world, the better.  I’ve been really pleased with everything from this line that I’ve tried so far.  In fact, I have a little corner of my top makeup drawer where my Edward Bess items are–he makes such beautiful basics and I use them so frequently.

During our visit, Joeybunny and I took a look at three new glosses and three new lipsticks that will be launching soon.  First up, the new Deep Shine Glosses are red Amore, pink fuchsia First Kiss and a soft, light pink called French Lace ($30 each).

The new Ultra Slick Lipsticks are the pink Blush Allure, medium pink Rose Demure and deep nude Demi Buff ($32).  As you can see, these were displayed in new, square-tube packaging that coordinates nicely with the other sleek packaging in Edward Bess’ line.  In the picture, the older round packaging is in the back, the square packaging is used on the new shades in the front:

You can see these colors, courtesy of Joeybunny’s swatches, here:

While I was at the counter, I couldn’t resist placing an pre-order for Bergdorf’s upcoming gift card event— for a $100 purchase, you receive a $25 gift card–nice, right?  If you are interested in taking advantage for some Edward Bess items, you can call Susan at the Edward Bess counter at Bergdorfs (212 872 8826).  Susan has helped me with phone orders several times in the past, and she has been wonderful with advice and service.  At the same time, you might want to ask her about Edward Bess’ new blush– a well pigmented mauve-rose called “Moroccan Rose” that I couldn’t resist, which will be available for the gift card event.  There is also a new compact rouge called Love Affair, reviewed here by The Beauty Look Book, that will be available for the event.

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Aug 312010

I’ve noticed a tradition of some beauty bloggers, who do a month-end wrap of “10 Things I’m Loving Right Now,” to let readers know which products are getting the most use.  In some ways, I find those posts the most valuable because it helps me understand which products have taken center stage, and so worth checking out for myself.  As August nears its close, I thought that I’d give this format a try:

1.   Chanel Flat Powder Brush (European)— Reviewed here. Used with Caron powder, this brush gives me a perfect airbrush finish.  Amazing, soft feel and very natural application.  A great investment.  If you can’t get this one soon, perhaps look at the MAC equivalent–which I haven’t tried but which seems to be a similar shape.

2.  Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer— Reviewed here.  I love this on a train, I love this in the rain, I love this in a boat or when wearing a coat…you get the picture.  Always looks amazingly natural and beautiful.  The Perfect Bronzer.  Times ten.

3.  Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Confidence—  Reviewed here.  Can you bottle confidence?  No, but you can put it in a heavy glass tube with a doe-foot applicator.  Always looks wonderful.  Here it is worn by January Jones at the 2010 Emmys:

4.  Burberry Foundation—  Love the finish and ease of using this foundation.  It lasts all day, although it is a very lightweight foundation.  This can be layered for extra coverage where needed.  Well worth investigating.  Swatches are here.

5. Butter London All Hail McQueen— reviewed here.  I’m the last person to ever expect to enjoy wearing a holographic polish.  But I’m going to have to buy a second one of these soon.  The color is so on-trend, it’s a very light taupe/griege.  Indoors, the holographic quality doesn’t show, it’s only when the nail is hit by light that it turns magical.  Easy, perfect application.

So tell us what you are loving right now?

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Aug 132010

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is a new line of high-shine glosses in nine shades.  An overview of the entire line can be found at this link.

This post was edited on 9/15/10 to add Emoi (#58).

Insouciance (#51):

– Soft beige-nude

-Reviewed at this link

Confidence (#55):

-Soft, natural pink that borders on nude

-Reviewed at this link

Imaginaire (#56):

– A sheer pink with a touch of peach

-Reviewed at this link

Insolence (#57):

– A cool candy-pink

– Reviewed at this link

Emoi (#58)

– A cool raspberry red

Reviewed at this link

Excès (#60):

– A medium, glossy red

– Reviewed at this link

Fatale (#61):

– A very deep red

– Reviewed at this link.

– There are three glosses that I decided against purchasing:  Genie (#52) which is a medium peach shade;  Emoi (#58) which is a raspberry red;  and Impertinence (#59), a deep brown.  These are shades that I don’t feel will work well with my coloring although you may find that they are ideal for yours.

Together with three new nail polish colors, the line will release with a series of new Rouge Allure lipstick shades, some of which mirror the names of the new Extrait de Gloss:

  • Confidentielle
  • Insolente
  • Fatale
  • Excessive
  • Emotive

I suspect that the promotional image that we’ve seen is using a combination of the lipstick and gloss–it’s quite opaque here:

These glosses look really wonderful layered with a lipstick–for example, I layered Fatale with a MAC cool red lipstick in my stash and the effect was really stunning.  Even if you do not get the Rouge Allure lipsticks, I encourage you to try the Extrait de Glosses with the lipsticks that you already own.  The shine and slight sheerness adds a really beautiful depth.

Doesn’t this sound like a lovely time for a poll? How do you feel? Vote for as many choices as you wish (up to 9):

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I’m so excited to see which colors you prefer!

Chanel has a website dedicated to the line at this link, together with some look sheets that can be created using Chanel makeup.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insouciance

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Aug 132010

“Insouciance” in French refers to the quality of recklessness, although Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insouciance (#51) is a rather quiet nude tone with very subtle shimmer.

This is a lovely light color that will blank out most color on pigmented lips, leaving a sheen and a touch of natural color showing through.  If you are looking something that is even more toned down than the pink-nude Confidence, then Insouciance is a good choice.  Keep in mind that this collection also has a brown shade–Impertinence–if you are looking for a darker shade in the nude/brown category.

Looking at the other Chanel glosses that I happened to have in my collection, I found that Insoulance bore the closest resemblances to the more shimmery and more Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss in Freeze /Cafe Glace (#66) and Chanel’s Creme Gloss Lumiere in Creme Caramel (#76), which comes in the tube with the brush tip.  I suspect that the Creme Gloss Lumiere’s have been phased out now that the Extrait de Glosses are introduced, as the supply of the former has dwindled nearly out of existence on’s website.  Note that the Extrait de Gloss gives longer wear and a higher gloss than the Aqualumeire gloss, for those trying to decide between Freeze/Cafe Glaze and Insouciance.

One quick picture of Insouciance on bare lips:

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Aug 122010

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Confidence (#55) is a nice, everyday neutral that one can carry in their bag with the assurance that the color is going to work with almost everything else you might wear.

A very work-friendly color, this is a shade that one can reapply before going out to a lunch or into a meeting, without concern that the color will come across as over-the-top.  Like Chanel’s Rose Petale blush, this color will never look out of place.  Truly, you can be confident in Confidence.

You can see the applicator again in the above picture.  Although I initially reacted quite strongly against it, it is growing on me.  Using it flat-side against the lip, the application is quite easy.  Still, I wish it felt a bit sturdier.  I like the overall dimension of the tube.  There is something elegant about pulling out this rather large gloss in public.  It’s so distinctively… Chanel.

Confidence seems to me to be a lighter, slightly sheerer and glossier version of Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laque in Ming–both are beautiful, medium pink neutrals:

Here is the swatch on bare lips without any base, lipstick or liner:

Are you still undecided about this line?  If you don’t already own Ming, and are looking for a good, glossy shade, I recommend Confidence.   Although it is not one of the more dramatic or exciting colors (I do love Fatale!), it’s quite versatile and likely a color that I’ll use up completely:

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Aug 122010

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss has several pinks, and includes Imaginaire (#56).  Imaginaire is a medium pink with a touch of peach.  The peach in this color is not strong enough to be coral, but is just strong enough from making Imaginaire a single-note pink.  Incidentally, the line includes #52 Genie if you are in the market for a true peach in the Extrait de Gloss line (I did not pick up Genie during my recent travels, but did swatch the shade at the store).

Here, you can see that this has a more gold/peach touch, particularly when compared with the cool pink Insolence.  Those who love Chanel’s Rouge Allure lipstick named Imagination will want to note that the color of these two Chanel lip products is decidely different:

Like the other Extrait de Glosses, Imaginaire delivers a semi-opaque color with a high-gloss shine.  I found Imaginaire to a bit sheerer than the other Extrait de Gloss shades.  You can see that the gloss showed quite a bit of Liz’s natural pink lip color.  Compare this color on Liz’s lips with the arm swatch, above, to see how the color changed when sheered out on application:

All of this series is taken without adding any primer, color or lipstick.  You should note that Chanel is releasing several new Rouge Allure lipstick shades with this collection, including a pink-peach one called Confidentielle.  It’s beautiful–I actually had it in my hand to purchase, but had to run to try to wrestle three boarding passes out of an airline that had cancelled one of our flights. I suspect that the combination of Confidentielle (as the base) and Imaginaire would give you a color of Imaginaire out of the tube on those with pigmented lips.

Although Imaginaire is one of the sheerer from this line, it still delivers more color than several of the Chanel Glossimers:

The Extrait de Gloss Imaginaire delivers on the shine and looks medium pink directly on the lips:

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Aug 112010

The French word “insolence” translates roughly to cheeky, sassy or impertinent in the English language, and Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insolence #57 is fittingly a bold, cool standout pink.  Both Liz and I instantly feel in love with Insolence as a great everyday color.  Although we are both warm-toned and fair, we both love a good candy pink.  In case you are wondering, she’s now Insolence’s proud owner of the gloss–but I’ll be buying my own Insolence as soon as Chanel releases the Extrait de Gloss in the U.S.

Insolence bears a passing resemblance to Chanel’s Rouge Allure lipstick in Imaginaire–ironically, more so than Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imaginaire (see the swatches, below).

Insolence is beautifully pigmented–it gives a rich color without going opaque, and has a high-gloss finish.

Here is the final look:

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Aug 102010

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Excès (#60) is an iconic red shade.  This gloss has a brightness, clarity and warmth, particularly when compared to the deeper cooler tones of Fatale.  Excès is a true, bright red that delivers pure color without shimmer.

Excès bears a closer resemblance to Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gabrielle, although Excès is more sheer and certainly far glossier.  By comparison, Rouge Coco in Vendome is more brown.  Fatale is deeper and bluer than Excès, and Dragon is deeper and much more richly pigmented:

If you already have Chanel Spark Glossimer, you will immediately notice there is a distinct difference between the shades.  Excès is more true red than Spark, lacks the Spark’s shimmer;  also, Excès is more pigmented than Spark.

Here is Excès on Liz, on bare lips (no base, no liner and no lipstick beneath):

Here is the full effect:

An overview of the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss line is found here.

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Aug 092010

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Fatale (# 61) is a deep red with a high-gloss texture.  At this link, there is an introductory overview of the Extrait de Gloss line, a new Chanel formulation that is about to be introduced.  The Extrait de Gloss formula sits between a lipstick and a gloss–these are more sheer than Chanel Rouge Allure Laque and more pigmented than Chanel’s Glossimers.

Fatale is one of the deeper shades of the introductory wave of colors, and one of the two red shades.  This color has a faintest touch of blue.  Those who love a dramatic gloss should opt for Fatale–it is the most vampy shade of the Extrait de Gloss line.  Having said that, Fatale has a lightness and sheerness that will be easier to wear than the deeper, comparatively more blue Chanel Rouge Noir in Chanel’s lipstick range.  Although the color is strong,  I firmly believe that this is a color that will look lovely on both blondes and brunettes, and that it is perfect for an evening out, or to wear with a neutral suit to a formal office setting for those who want to take charge. Nothing is more beautiful than confidence, and nothing is more confident than a beautiful, strong lip.

Chanel Extrait de Gloss in Fatale on Liz:

This is a good example of how the texture of the Extrait de Gloss varies from the Rouge Allure Laque.  Here is the Rouge Allure Laque Dragon Fatale (far left) compared with Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Fatale (far right).  In the middle is Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Excès, a warmer red:

Here is a picture of Fatale on the lips:

One more look:

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Aug 092010

I found these beautiful new Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Paris completely by chance.  After looking for these all over Paris, I happened to see these in the Charles de Gaulle airport as I was sweeping through on my way out of France last week.  Extrait de Gloss is a new Chanel lip formulation that comes in a tall, elegant black tube and delivers a high-gloss, pigmented lip.  It will be available in at least the following shades:

  • 51 Insouciance
  • 52 Genie
  • 55 Confidence
  • 56 Imaginaire
  • 57 Insolence
  • 58 Emoi
  • 60 Exces
  • 61 Fatale

I chose six of these across the range, including a nude, some reds and some of the pinks:

In the duty free store, these ran approximately 23.50 euros each, so I suspect that these will sell for around $32. when they hit U.S. shores (the same as the current Rouge Allue Laques liquid lipsticks).  For the math-inclined, the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss include .28 oz of product;  the Rouge Allure Laque contain slightly less (.20 oz.).  Extrait de Glosses sit between the textures of Chanel’s Glossimers (which are sheerer) and Rouge Allure Laques (which are more pigmented).

Here is a length comparison between Rouge Allure lipstick, a Rouge Allure Laque and the comparatively taller Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss (which towers over the others at over 4″):

The brush of the Extrait de Gloss is a modified doe-foot–it’s a wedge-shaped tip made out of a similar material used in the Rouge Allure Laque and Glossimer ranges.  I predict that the Extrait de Gloss applicator will be controversial (it certainly has been around my house!).  This tip is going to be love or hate aspect of the Extrait de Gloss.

Let me start by explaining that this tip is not as forgiving as the traditional Chanel doe foot.  If you placed the applicator with the flat portion precisely on the lip, the application is flawless.  However, if the brush edge is off the mark or the edge is used, it’s rough going.  It may take a mirror and some practice to get this right for some, especially with the more pigmented shades.  Those who love whipping out a Glossimer from a jacket pocket for a quick touch-up without looking will find this applicator a little annoying.  Also, the applicator feels thinner–and more delicate–than the traditional Chanel doe foot. Some may like this–your hand will sense the pressure of the brush very sensitively on the lip. On the other hand, others will understandably prefer the sturdier doe foot of the other Chanel glosses.

The tube’s opening seems to wipe off product very effectively — it seems as though these are intended to be worn sheerly, and the combination of the tube’s opening and the size of the applicator prevents you from pulling out too much product at one time.  The bottom portion of the product matches the Rouge Allure, with the legendary white logo “Chanel” etched in the gently rounded square shaped tube (the Extrait de Gloss is on the far right):

The label comparison, with the Extrait de Gloss on the far left:

Extrait de Gloss are stamped with both “Chanel Paris” and “Chanel New York,” from which I surmise that these are destined to be released internationally as well as in the U.S.:

Beginning in about an hour and running through the next few days, I’ll be showing you the colors in more detail.  Are you as excited as I am?

Before we begin, you should know that these have a slight perfumed scent when first applied that fades within the first few minutes.  The feel is similar to the Glossimers/ Rouge Allure Laque, which is smooth and gel-like.  These seem to neither add nor subtract from one’s natural moisture.  I found that none had large shimmer, so there was no grittiness–they are all quite smooth. Here is the ingredient list from the Extrait de Gloss in Fatale (No. 61) (click to enlarge):

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