Oct 262011
 

Chanel Holiday 2011 is released and ready to review.  I’ll be reviewing all of the new items released with this collection except for the Glossimers (which I did not purchase).  If an item is merely a re-promote of the existing Chanel line, I will not be reviewing it (although if you run the product name through the search engine on this page, you may find a review for the item already has been done).

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel highlighting powder

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick- Famous

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick- Eniveree

Ligne Extreme Eyeliner in Or

Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Carat

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

Chanel Universelle Libre in Feerie

Chanel Ombre Contraste Duo in Noir-Ivoire

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Triomphal

Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel in Tweed Brun Rose

Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Blazing Gold

Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Beige Lame

Liz and I are still sorting through the pile, and we’ll get our reviews up as soon as we can.  So far, we’ve got a few rants and raves, so stay tuned!

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Sep 272011
 

Guerlain’s Holiday 2011 collection includes a new Meteorites Perles de Nuit ($56 / 1.05 oz.).  As with the other recent Meteorites releases, these are packaged in a beautifully designed metal container in shades of deep midnight blue.  It’s safe to say that these are limited edition.

Here’s the bottom label:

 Inside, the powder pearls are shades of pink, gold, orange and silver pearls to illuminate without whitening.

All the pearls:

I’ve worn these for two days, and absolutely love them.  They seem to mattify and give a pearl glow at the same time.  Unlike last year’s holiday meteorites Perles D’Or (reviewed here) which have a warm rosy gold glow, Perles de Nuit is a more neutral pearl effect which works well on both warm and cool skin tones.  These meteorites are gorgeous.  By the way, these are currently for sale on AHALife.com.

Guerlain sent this product to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration and review.

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Aug 212011
 

Here is an overview of the items from Chanel’s recent collections, followed by a list of my personal favorites:

First, the Sophisticated Eye Collection:

Recourbe Cils de Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler ($36) is reviewed here.  Overall, it is a very good curler with logo appeal.  If Le Metier de Beaute’s is workable for you, it is a better value at $19.

Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Lagons ($57) is reviewed here.  It is a beautiful palette of shimmery blues.

Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Vanites ($57) is reviewed here.   This shimmery palette swatches with a strong purple/violet tone.  It is pigmented, pretty and can be very flattering.

Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Taupe is reviewed here ($29). This eyeliner is a softly pigmented cool plum Ebene has been previously released and it is reviewed here.  

Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Blond Clair ($29) is reviewed here.  It’s a convenient, easy to use pencil that works well for light-toned brows.

Chanel released several new eyeshadow singles ($28.50 each).  Twilight is reviewed here.  Fauve is reviewed here.  Magic Night is reviewed here.

Chanel Inimintable Intense Mascara ($30), Lily single eyeshadow ($28.50) and Beaute de Cils Mascara Base ($30) are not reviewed.

Second, Les Aquarelles:

Ombres Tissees in Beiges ($75) is reviewed here.  This is a large, shimmery palette designed for eyes but can be used as a highlight for the rest of the face.

Joues Contraste Blush in Pink Cloud ($43) is reviewed here.  This is a very subtle, light color.

Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow in Gris Exquis is reviewed here.  It is a beautifully pigmented matte neutral.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Royallieu ($32) is re-promoted with this collection. It is a sheer light shimmery pink previously reviewed here.

Joues Contraste in Rose Petale ($43) is re-promoted with this collection.  It is reviewed here.

 

Stylo Yeux Eyeliner in Ebene is re-promoted with this collection ($29).  It was previously reviewed here.

Chanel Vernis in Tendresse is part of this collection, but is not reviewed.
My favorites from the two collections:

  • Gris Exquis single eyeshadow is an excellent basic that I will reach for again and again
  • I liked both eyeshadow quads, Lagons and Vanites
  • Ebene eyeliner is an excellent pencil, although you may already own this from the previous collection
  • For the real Chanel fans, Ombres Tissees and the Precision Eyelash Curler are musts.  These are both limited edition, signature products.
Which are your favorites?

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Jul 042011
 

Chanel Fall 2011 is a pivotal Chanel collection. This appears to be a time when many products were added to the permanent line, adding several needed items and exploring some new textures and formulas.  I love when established companies innovate, so if you hear someone shouting from their rooftops, c’est moi!

The sheer size and scope of the collection is notable.  Although The Nonblonde suggests that “they’re overdoing it,” to me, more Chanel is more Chanel. The critical question is this–can you ever have too much Chanel?

I think you can have too much football, or fishing.  Or tequila.  Maybe even too much MAC.  But we have a long way to go until we get to that point. For me, Chanel makes the bumps in life’s roads a little easier.  I’d fill my bathtub with it and want more.  Maybe I’ll be in Chanel rehab with Dr. Drew someday.  We’ll see.  Until then, I’m going with what works.

Let’s review the collection, before I get to my favorites:

  • Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows (overview here).   Application tips are here.

– Fantasme (reviewed here)

– Emerveillé (reviewed here)

– Ebloui (reviewed here)

– Epatant (reviewed here)

– Illusoire (reviewed here)

– Mirifique (reviewed here)

  • Le Crayon Yeux eye pencil in Khaki Platine (reviewed here)

  • Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Écrin (reviewed here)

  • Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette in Prélude (reviewed here)

  • Lèvres Scintillantes (Glossimers)

– Pampille (reviewed here)

– Braise (reviewed here)

  • Crayon Lèvres lip pencils in Rose Cuivré and Coralline (reviewed here)

  • Rouge Coco lipstick

– Plumetis (reviewed here)

– Étole (reviewed here)

  • Rouge Double Intensite in Rose Morganite and Rose Quartz (reviewed here).

  • Le Vernis nail polish

– Graphite (reviewed here)

Peridot (reviewed here)

Quartz (reviewed here)

  • Double Perfection Compact Foundation in Medium Beige-Contour (reviewed here)

My personal favorites:

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows in Ebloui, Illusoire and Mirifique
  • Chanel Le Vernis nail colors in Peridot and Quartz
  • Chanel Prelude Eyeshadow Quad
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Plumentis
  • Chanel Crayon Levres in Rose Cuivre

Which of these items interest you most?  If you have tried any, which are your favorites?

 

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Jul 022011
 

Liz did a quick makeup look with some of the Chanel Fall 2011 items:

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow in Mirifique as a liner (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow in Emerveille as an all-over lid wash (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow in Illusoire in the outer portion of the lid and into the crease (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara
  • Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin (review forthcoming)
  • Chanel Glossimer in Braise (reviewed here)
  • Caron Translucent Powder (reviewed here)

How are you wearing Chanel’s Fall items?

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Apr 062011
 

Dior Summer 2011 is Electric Tropics, and the stars of the collection are two beauty bronzing powders, called Diorskin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder.  The lighter is Aurora ($46 #001), and the darker is Sunset ($46, #002).

I went to see this on their very first day for sale at the House of Dior’s original headquarters at 30 Rue Montaigne in Paris.  I believed that if anyone knew how to use these beautiful powders, it would be at Dior’s main location.  It was a glorious warm spring day in Paris, and I could think of nowhere else in the entire world that I would rather look at Dior’s new summer makeup collection.

The powders come with large silver compacts with the beautifully woven top, which include a mix of bronze tones with subtle gold sparkles, plus a coordinating shade.  Aurora has a soft pink tone, and Sunset has a soft peach.  Here is a close up of Aurora:

 

I am NC15/Chanel Cameo, so fairly fair skinned.  I tried to talk the sales associate into admitting that I needed both Aurora and Sunset.  She refused.  “But I’m from California,” I implored.  “Everyone is so bronze there in California–it’s like Jersey Shore–do you know it?”  She laughed, admitted that she did know Jersey Shore.  Still, she wasn’t going to let me walk around on this Earth with a too-dark bronzer, because that’s what a great makeup professional does.

She explained how to use these Healthy Glow Summer Powders.  First, they come packaged with a wide brush:

One places the powder on the wide brush, then swipes the brush downward over the entire face in a downward motion.  The motion is intended to mimic how the sun hits the face.  So the eye sockets, under the nose area, and other receding areas will not get any bronzer, but areas that would be hit by the sun are touched with the powder.  Because one puts this bronzer on such a large area, the skin-tone match must be good.

In indoor soft light:

My finger-swatch of Sunset confirmed that she was absolutely right.  Sunset is a dark bronzer similar to the deeply- toned Nars Casino.  One would want to be NC35 or darker to choose Sunset.  There is no way that Sunset will work on my fair skin.

Aurora in sunlight to highlight the texture:

I looked at the Nude Healthy Glow Fluid ($46), but passed.  These come in three color tones.  These are very sheer and glowy, and they promise no skin care benefits.  Essentially, the are intended to add a very soft sheen to the skin.  Indeed, these did so beautifully, and the lightest available shade was light enough for my skin tone without adding much (if any) color.  Personally, I didn’t feel the need for another glow product at this time, although I might reconsider when I get back to the U.S.

One more Aurora picture because it’s so pretty:

To see more products from Dior’s Electric Tropics collection, see these posts:

  • Dior Aloha and Paradise Nail Polish is here.
  • Dior Rosy Nude and Rosy Tan eyeshadow palettes are here.

There were several gorgeous Lip Addict colors as well, but I thought I’d wait to pick up those.

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Mar 072011
 

I’m heading out of town for 30 days. Comments are turned off, and I cannot answer any of your wonderful emails.  My apologies.

I’m packing very late into the night but took a few minutes to post my makeup for my upcoming trip:

  1. Chanel Ombre Perlees eyeshadow palette (reviewed here)
  2. Soliel Tan de Chanel powder bronzer in Terre Epice
  3. Tom Pecheux for Estee Lauder Pure Color Night Luminous Powder (reviewed here)
  4. Various brushes and tools, including tweezers, scissors, cuticle nippers, eyeliner and eyeshadow brushes
  5. Powder brushes, including MAC 168, Chanel Powder brush and MAC blush brush
  6. Chanel Le Vernis in Strong (reviewed here).  I’m also taking a Sally Hansen clear polish (not pictured)
  7. Le Metier de Beaute Precision Eyeliner (reviewed here)
  8. Le Meter de Beaute Peau Vierge Concealer
  9. Guerlain Issima concealer pen
  10. Chanel Rouge Coco in Patchouli (here)
  11. Lipglosses, including Nars Angelica (here), Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Confidence (here) and Emoi (here)
  12. Edward Bess Soft Smoke eyeshadow trio (here)
  13. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation in B10 (here)
  14. Chanel Ombre Essential eyeshadow in Taupe Grise (reviewed here)
  15. Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners in Chocolate Shimmer and Black Ink
  16. Guerlain Illuminating and Mattifying Compact Powder (reviewed here)
  17. Cle de Peau concealer
  18. Nars Multiples in Angelica (reviewed here) and South Beach
  19. Guerlain Le 2 Volume Mascara (not pictured) (reviewed here)

I can create several different looks, and sometimes even use up products completely.  It’s  nice to pare down to a finite set of beauty products. I have to remind myself that my original makeup bag, not that long ago, was much smaller and every item was used almost every day.  This helps me get some perspective-you really don’t need very much to get a lot of very versatile looks.

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Feb 282011
 

Here are few items set to launch from those lovely geniuses at Guerlain, from their Terracotta 2011 collection, due out March 15, 2011. As background, Guerlain annually launches several products to anticipate the bronzed looks of Spring and Summer, and several have been show-stopping excellent.

Guerlain Moisturizing and Long-Lasting Bronzing Powder ($49), available in eight shades.  Between us, Guerlain is one of the few companies that understands the relationship between powder, the skin, and a truly glamorous bronzed look.

This is not marked “limited edition,” and are the same as Guerlain’s standard Terracotta line with new packaging.

Terracotta Skin ($49) is a healthy glow foundation that have a matte and velvety finish.  This has a sheer bronzing color of the Terracotta powder, plus the perfecting action of a foundation.  This is intended to blur imperfections, and provide a matte, velvety finish.  This product includes:

  • Spherical powder mixed within, to reflect light;
  • Volatile oils that evaporate on application, leaving a “second skin” on the face
  • Elastomer gel, for a creamy and comfortable fee.

It looks like Terracotta Skin is this year’s version of the Teint D´Ailleurs Tinted Moisturizer (reviewed here).  The lighter version was probably a bit too dark on my NC15/Chanel Cameo-Ivoire skintone to wear alone particularly in winter, but turned into awesome magic mixed with foundation (the glow and skin care properties, plus a dose of natural color).  I’ve actually used up about half of mine, so I’ll be looking for this one.  By the way, the press release does not mark this as “limited edition,” so I am hopeful that this will become a standard in their line.

Terracotta Jambes de Gazelles ($59) (limited edition) is a spray mist for legs, for temporary color.  According to Guerlain, Jambes de Gazelle has a tan booster to prolong a natural tan, and is enriched with Sweet Orange Extract “for a relaxing and cooling effect.”  It sounds like heaven, actually.

Terracotta Serum ($59) (limited edition).  For those who tan, a few drops of this tan booster into your normal skincare product is said to extend your tan and moisturize your skin.  It’s recommended that you use two drops for face products, and four for body products.

  • Fragrance free
  • Clear honey color, that does not add any tint
  • Formulated to prepare, activate and prolong your natural tan.
  • Includes a soothing ingredient to soften skin

Also, I’m hopeful that Guerlain will release the Terracotta Inca collection, featured here at the British Beauty Blogger, that features intriguing-looking powders and glosses.

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Feb 132011
 

People have asked me about which makeup items I use most. Here’s a post showing the contents of my makeup bag, holding the things I use everyday and bring back and forth from school to home to friends’ houses. I also use Chanel’s Poudre Universelle ($50) (not pictured). Feel free to ask questions.

And yes, I really do carry around four bronzers at the same time.  And no, I’ve never been to the Jersey Shore.  -Liz

  1. Chanel Powder Brush # 6 ($52)
  2. Chanel Foundation Brush # 16 ($40)
  3. Urban Decay Naked Palette ($45)(reviewed here)
  4. Cross tweezers ($5)
  5. Zoya Astra nail polish ($7) – I keep this in my bag for emergency purposes.  I’m not really sure what kind of emergency would call for a glitter pink nail polish.  But if there is one, I’m ready.
  6. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer ($28) – Too dry for under eyes. I use it for spots but don’t use it very often because my foundation is so good.
  7. Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer ($29) – Almost as good as my Guerlain bronzer at #14.
  8. Guerlain Terracotta Orient Sun ($65) – Best bronzer ever. Guerlain please bring it back!!
  9. Guerlain Le 2 Volume Mascara 13 Or 2 Nuit ($36) (reviewed here)
  10. MAC Glimmershimmer in On the Town ($20ish)
  11. MAC Vanilla Pigment ($19.50) – Rarely use but nice to have just in case.
  12. MAC Royal Assets – Metallic Eyes ($36)
  13. Chanel Lift Lumiere (Intensity 1.0/Ivoire) ($65) – I love this foundation because as the day progresses, it looks better than when I first put it on.
  14. Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder ($50)
  15. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder- Bali Brown ($33)
  16. MAC Iridescent Pressed Powder / Belightful ($20ish)
  17. Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Pink Explosion ($42) (reviewed here and here)
  18. Clinique Happy to Be Body Cream (gift with purchase)
  19. Shiseido Hydro Powder Eyeshadow in Whitelights H2 ($22) – Great for inner corner of eyes. This is my second jar and I love to layer or keep it almost sheer for sparklieness.
  20. Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Deepest Black ($5) – I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this eyeliner. I wear this eyeliner in every picture of me posted on cafemakeup.com. I only apply it to my lower water line.
  21. Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insolence ($32)(reviewed here)
  22. Benefit High Beam (gift with purchase)
  23. MAC Moth Brown eyeshadow ($14.50).  From the Barbie Collection, this is my go-to when I want to do a smokey eye.
  24. Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Magnolia ($32) (reviewed here)- I don’t normally wear lipstick but I’ve found that this formula is age appropriate.
  25. Chanel Glossimer in Nakkar ($28.50) (reviewed here)- A red that I can put on without a mirror.

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Jan 202011
 

Chanel’s Spring 2011 collection includes Poudre Universelle Compact Natural Finish Pressed Powder in a limited edition shade called Rose Merveille (now $45).  From my own point of view, I was a little surprised to find this powder included, because the pearl theme of the collection seemed to lend itself well to the softly shimmery Chanel Poudre Douce line ($50), which gives a pretty, subtle glow.  However, I suppose that the glowy eyeshadows, lipsticks and glosses that are part of Chanel’s Spring line may require a matte skin to balance the textures in combination.

Unlike Chanel’s standard Poudre Universelle Compact powders, Rose Merveille has a textured patterned surface and is embedded with silver micro-sparkles.  It comes in the familiar luxurious Chanel compact with the full size mirror and with a small, thin embossed sponge.

Rose Merveille is a very, very slightly deeper and peachier tone than my warm, fair skin (Chanel Intensity 1.0/MAC NC15).  When applied, the adds the faintest touch of rose-peach color, but does not give enough coverage to substitute for a foundation.  Essentially, this mattes down my skin (or foundation, when applied), leaving the faintest hint of silver microsparkles throughout.

The matte texture of the powder does not lend itself to use as a highlighter, in my opinion.  The microsparkle effect is quite subtle, and therefore does not impart the luminous effect of traditional highlighters.  Rather, Rose Merveille is a true finishing powder although it adds a slight spark of light.  I can see this working over a sunscreen or light foundation for a formal Spring event, although this is not a must-have powder in my opinion.  My personal preference would be to choose the Poudre Douche in Peche Tendre, which a beautiful, luminous powder that is part of Chanel’s permanent line.

Generally, Rose Merveille will work best for those with fair to medium skintones, who seek a matte effect with a touch of light.  My sense is that this powder will turn a bit ashy on darker skintones, and add a peachy blush-tone to very, very fair skin.  If you fall into either of those skin tones, I highly recommend counter-testing before purchasing.

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