Here is more information that I received today from L’Occitane’s upcoming limited edition makeup line. This will be available in select stores and online only. Pictures are clickable and quite clear once enlarged:
Believe it or not, the picture below is actually in full color. No, I’m not kidding–these are my favorite gray eyeshadows. No brown, no taupe, no green, no white, no kidding. Just straight grays, which can be both very striking and easy to wear. I tried to stay away from silvers, but some shimmery grays sneak into silver, so I’m not sure that I succeeded.
These are eyeshadows that I’ve collected over the years, and you will see some limited edition and “old school” Bobbi Brown packaging. There are a few more that I might add, such as Chanel Silvery, but I’m mentally preparing for a Chanel Eyeshadow single marathon in a few weeks so I thought I’d do it then.
- Absolute favorite: Make Up For Ever #145 is a shimmery luminous gray that adds light to my lids. It’s a sweep-on and look-polished color, and looks really nice with black liner.
- Second favorite: MAC Swan Lake was sold with the Danse collection a few years ago. I find this the most similar to Make Up For Ever’s #145, but it has a bit more pigment and shimmer.
- Two classics from Bobbi Brown: Steel, a deep matte grey and Sterling, a light gray shimmerwash, look great together
- MAC’s Softwashed is a shimmery dark gray that borders on silver, but it’s so beautiful I had to include it
- Lorac Dreamy has an amazing pigmentation and color, although it can look a little blue when applied to my warm coloring.
Here are individual swatches:
Do you have any favorite grays? What do you recommend?
Recently, I received three more Makeup For Ever HD Blushes ($25 each) to add to my growing collection. I have been enjoying these colors so much and they are relatively inexpensive for the amount and quality of the product. I love the fact that Make Up For Ever included a well-thought out range for an entire makeup wardrobe.
The most recent additions are Walk of Shame (#4), Mistaken Identity (#11) and Star Stuck (#14). I’m completely in love with these blushes, I love their wear and flexibility. My previous reviews, for Innuendo (#1) and Caught in the Act (#2), are here. They last all day, are easy to wear and the colors are gorgeous. If you work quickly enough, they’re very easy to sheer out (but watch that pump–it’ll spurt out way too much if you’re not careful). They are highly pigmented–you will not need much! They apply matte, but of course you can add whichever highlighter you wish.
Here are the swatches of the latest colors that I added:
Star Struck #14 is a beautiful neutral peach:
Walk of Shame #4 is a cool, bubblegum pink:
Mistaken Identity #11 is a lovely rose-brown:
Chanel makes a large selection of foundations, most of which I’ve either owned or used continuously for years. Although many readers likely know their way around a Chanel counter pretty well, I thought it useful to do a summary of the various foundations that are currently available for the reference of those who find their selection confusing. I should note that I’ve never worked with or for Chanel, this represents my own experiences only. As you already know, foundations are largely a matter of individual choice. Everyone’s skin types are so different. So please take this over view with a grain of sale.
Tient Innocence Fluid (SPF 12, $47)– This is the lightest foundation within Chanel’s line–it’s almost weightless. I’ve been told that it contains no oil, although it is not advertised as oil free and it does not have any mattifying properties. It’s appropriate for those who need little coverage and are simply looking to even out their skin tone. Of course, you can apply this in conjunction with a concealer if you are only worried about a few places but still want a more natural look. This looks amazing with a Chanel Poudre Douce over it–it gives a very glowy and natural look. It’s a very easy foundation to wear and apply. Mistakes are easily swept away and it’s very difficult to go wrong with this one. Packaging is a glass bottle with an open top.
Tient Innocence Compact (SPF 10, $56). This foundation is a creamy compact foundation and gives full, glowy coverage. It is far more emollient and dense compared with Tient Innocence fluid. Many users absolutely love this foundation, and indeed the look and polish that it can give are beautiful. Others find that it can feel a bit heavy. Because my skin can get oily, I found that it too much for my needs and it tended to bring out more shine that I wanted. If I ever do need full coverage, however, I won’t hesitate to use it. Packaging is a luxury compact with mirror. In the U.S., the pans are not replaceable, although in the rest of the world refills can be used for these.
Pro Lumiere Fluid foundation (SPF 15, $54) is a classic, medium-coverage liquid foundation. It gives a very finished, polished and luminous look. It has more coverage than Tient Innocence Fluid, although it does not feel nearly as heavy at the Tient Innocence compact. If I have a special event and want to look very finished, I’ll reach for Pro Lumiere. It gives a beautiful finish for normal and combination skin types. Packaged in a glass bottle with a pump top.
Mat Lumiere (SPF 15 $54) is similar in coverage to Pro Lumiere except that this one is made for oily skin. It advertises a mattifying effect with long-lasting coverage. Packaged in a glass bottle with a pump top.
Vitalumiere (SPF 15, $54) is a medium coverage fluid foundation that is designed for dry skin types. The new version adds moisturizers and antioxidants and all sorts of lovely things for your skin. Packaged in a glass bottle with a pump top. Whether you choose Pro Lumiere (for normal to combination skin), Mat Lumiere (for oily skin) or Vitalumiere (for dry skin) is largely a question of your skin type.
Lift Lumiere (SPF $65) is a medium-coverage foundation made for aging skin, meant to have a “lifting” effect. It is intended to have some light reflecting particles to minimize the look of fine lines. In addition, Chanel advertises that there are some skin benefits that can be obtained from using this foundation. This foundation needs to “set”–that is, when first applied it looks sort of chalky and obvious. After a few minutes, it seems to sink into the skin and look fabulous. This is sold in a lightweight shatterproof plastic bottle with a pump.
Double Perfection Compact (SPF 10, $50) is Chanel’s only powder foundation at present. This can be applied with either a sponge (one is included) or a brush (kabuki brush for heavy coverage, or a powder brush for lighter coverage). The mirrored compact holds a half-pan that lasts me at least 9 months to a year of everyday use. The coverage is light to medium–if you add too much powder, it can look a little cakey. If you don’t it can give you a beautiful finish although not as luminous as Pro Lumiere. As a powder compact, this is very convenient for travel.