Oct 272011

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque Empire ($32/ #707) is a soft shimmery pink-peach liquid lipstick.  The tube is very compact and can be tucked into the tiniest bag.  Despite the diminutive size, this liquid formula delivers plenty of coverage.

As you can see, Rouge Allure Laque Empire is a cross between Chanel Ming and Chanel Santal–a pinky peach hybrid with added shimmer.  It certainly far lighter and more natural than the very edgy Rouge Allure Laque in Stunt (released with Chanel Soho Fall 2010).

Here is Chanel Empire on Liz:

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire is another easy to wear, softly toned liquid lipstick that will go with almost anything. Gorgeous.

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Oct 272011

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Triomphal ($32/ #517) is one of the most dramatic products.  As with the others in the line, Triomphal comes in the elegant, heavy tube.  I have to say, I love this design.

The consistency is a rich glossy lipstick–the product is opaque in one swipe.  Unlike a lipstick, there is a rich glossy finish. Triomphal is a rich red with very tiny fuchsia microsparkles.  It’s the liquid lipstick version of Chanel Rouge Allure Famous (reviewed here).

Here is the rich red Triophal next to the other reds in the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss line–the deep red Fatale, the softer strawberry Emoi and the rich fire-engine red Exces.

 Triomphal is absolutely gorgeous.  Here is one coat on Liz (no liner or base):

You’ll also see the nude toned Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insouciance re-repromoted with Holiday 2011 (reviewed here).

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Oct 262011

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Enivree ($32/ #197) roughly translates to “intoxicated.”  I suppose the name is meant to evoke the headiness of the holiday season, the mystery and emotion and a little bit of recklessness.  By comparison to its more dramatic twin Famous also released with this collection, Enivree is a crowd-pleaser–suitable for day and evening wear.

The color is a pink with a slight touch peach that evokes a touch of salmon that’s very flattering with fall and winter clothing that is based on forest greens, blues, bronzes, creams and golds.

Enivree reminded me of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, although certainly the Rouge Allure Enivree is far more opaque and long-lasting.   I also swatched this next to some other quiet colors–Chanel Rouge Coco in Patchouli (which is far more mauve/brown) and Chanel Rouge Coco in Plumentis (which is more beige).

Here is Chanel Rouge Allure Enivree on Liz:

Bottom line: If you liked the idea of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy but didn’t like the formula, Chanel Rouge Allure Enivree is worth a look.  It’s a nice everyday pink.

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Oct 262011

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Famous ($32/ #207) is a dramatic, stand-out red in Chanel’s most luxurious, richest formula.  The color is a rich red that takes on a cool appearance based on the multidimensional formula that is embedded with fuchsia sparkle. Befitting the name “Famous,” you will get noticed in this very dramatic gorgeous shade.

When I opened Famous,  I was immediately reminded of Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Byzantin (reviewed here).  Both are a very dramatic red with a touch of fuchsia. The colors are not quite duplicates, as Famous’ fuschia sparkle is distinct from Chanel Rouge Byzantin’s fuschia undertone that is more within the formula. Having said that, I’m going out on a limb with Chanel fans here, but I would say that if you have one, you probably do not need the other. Between the two, I slightly prefer Famous because it is applies more consistently.  Rouge Byzantin seemed to pull more red (or more fuschia), depending on the level of application.  Famous is more decidedly red.

Here is a comparison with Chanel Rouge Allure Famous, with Chanel Rouge Allure in Byzantin.  To show of their fuchsia undertones, I’ve also swatched some additional true to warm reds–here, Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle and Dior’s classic Ara Red.

Above is Liz wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Famous.  As you can see, the color is quite opaque, gorgeous and striking.  As many Chanel Rouge Allure shades, it’s complex and has the famous Rouge Allure “glow.”  If you have plenty of reds in your lipstick arsenal, you still might wish to give Famous a second look–it’s rather unique.  Of course,  I adore the Rouge Allure formula and luxurious packaging.  Chanel’s certainly delivered more of its legendary expertise with this one–it’s unusual, yet classic and beautifully made.

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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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Oct 222011

Guerlain’s Holiday 2011 offerings include a star product, Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder and Blush ($67/0.35 oz.).  The product comes housed in a formal, lacquered housing that is well-designed and sturdy.

One half (or more) of the bulk of the compact is due to the brush housing, in a lower compartment:

I must admit that this product is not within my particular demographic. The peacock pattern, I’m guessing, may be released to evoke the New York City Waldorf’s Peacock Alley to celebrate the re-opening of Guerlain’s Day Spa at that location. However, peacock feathers seem to evoke my mother’s generation rather than my own.

This violet-scented product has a glittery clear glaze that sparkles like diamonds in the sunlight, but sweeps away easily after the first few brush strokes.  If you look in the mirror reflection in the photograph below, you can see how dramatic the overspray diamond effect is:

Is clear glaze the new overspray?  It appears to be; although I suppose its slightly preferable because one can see the product colors underneath a glaze (whereas metallic overspray covers it entirely).  However, I’m a texture fanatic.  I don’t like anything that gets inbetween me and the powder, thank you very much.  I’m now patiently awaiting the demise of a clear glaze trend.  After brushing away the glaze layer, Liz and I started to use the Guerlain Parure de Nuit highlighter.

Here is the result–above is a picture of Liz wearing Guerlain Parure de Nuit in full sun (thank you, Liz, we know posing in full sun is not so fun).  There is some bronzer on her lower cheek under her hairline.  The largest percentage of the Guerlain Parure de Nuit powder is a nearly-invisible peach tone that is near a fair skin tone.  The circlets of more intense apricot give the powder some very subtle color when applied.  The effect is a more shimmery, pinker version of Nars Sex Appeal blush (reviewed here).  The effect when wearing foundation is very faint pink-peach color, a near-nude that glimmers in full sunlight.

My sense is that you are either going to be very attracted to the packaging and presentation of Guerlain Parure de Nuit, or you are not.  Or perhaps there is a friend or family member that would adore this compact based on their individual taste–for a bit, I flirted with the idea of shipping mine off to my mother rather than reviewing it here (my mother prefers accessories to makeup, so I declined to do so).  For me, this Guerlain does the highlighting/subtle blush job beautifully but no more so than others available at a lower price point with a less elaborate presentation.  My sense is that you could do just as well with a Dior Star Shimmer Powder at $44, or several other options reviewed on this site, and tuck the remainder away toward the Spring ’12 collections.

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Oct 132011

The NARS Holiday 2011 Collection is online now. Editorializing from the picture, I’m most interested in G-Spot Multiple (ah, Francois, those names!), the dark burgundy Endless Night Nail Polish and the Arabian Nights trio.  Although sometimes I fear that pale-complexions cannot pull off smokey dark colors, the promotional image, staring Mariacarla Boscono, proves to the contrary:

Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow, $45 (Limited Edition):  Black with gunmetal shimmer, black with purple pearls, and black with red pearls

Ponderosa Cream Eyeshadow, $23 (Limited Edition): Mink

Mandchourie Duo Eyeshadow, $33: Golden-infused denim and rich navy

Campo De’ Fiori Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, $23: Antique brass

St. Marks Place Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, $23: Bright violet

Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush, $27: Soft, shimmering peach

 G-Spot Multiple, $39: Rich gold-infused rose

Joyous Red Lipstick, $24 (Limited Edition): Amber red

Albatross Lip Gloss, $24 (Limited Edition): Luminous glow

Space Odyssey Nail Polish, $17 (Limited Edition): Aluminum

Endless Night Nail Polish, $17 (Limited Edition): Black grape

Some of these items are swatched here at The Polish Police.  Space Odyssey Nail Polish is insanely beautiful and it’s reviewed here.  I can’t help wondering if Miss Liberty is similar to Sex Appeal?

If the past is any guide, these items will start showing up on counters in a few weeks.  If you’ve seen them at yours, kindly give us a shout in the comments?  Thank you beauties!

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Oct 032011

These items are now up for sale on Bobbi Brown’s website.  I’ve given a more than a few Bobbi Brown holiday palettes to friends and co-workers in the past–they are always very welcome gifts.  I understand that the bottom left sparkle quad will not be released, so we can disregard that portion of this image:

New, Limited Edition 

Ultimate Party Collection

This NEW double-decker compact features 8 sultry eye shadows and 4 flirty lip shades

plus a mini lip and mini eye shadow brush.  It’s the perfect palette for any makeup maven.

Available October 2011 from Bobbi Brown counters and www.bobbibrown.com
Price: $65


New, Limited Edition

Cool Party Eye Palette & Party Eye Palette

For the busiest woman on your list who wants to go from natural to a night out in five minutes flat.

These two palettes offer the perfect combination of shimmer for any party.

Available October 2011 from Bobbi Brown counters and www.bobbibrown.com
Price: $45 each


New, Limited Edition

Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Shadow Palette

She’s the first to hit the dance floor and has the uncanny ability to pull together an evening look in the back of a cab.

From pink to deep onyx, these glittering shades are made for New Year’s Eve.

Available October 2011 from Bobbi Brown counters and www.bobbibrown.com
Price: $45


New, Limited Edition

Party To Go Palette & Classic To Go Palette

These mini palettes house three Eye Shadows and two Lip Colors plus a mini Lip Gloss, making them the perfect stocking stuffer and purse companion.

For a day and night look on the go it will fit just about anywhere…including your budget.

Available October 2011 from Bobbi Brown counters and www.bobbibrown.com
Price: $25 each


Limited Edition

Lip Gloss Trio

Three is definitely a charm with this trio of Bobbi’s favorite glosses, designed to look gorgeous on all complexions.

The Lip Gloss Trio is available in 3 shades:

Aubergine, Bare Sparkle High Shimmer, Pastel Pink High Shimmer

Available October 2011 from Bobbi Brown counters and www.bobbibrown.com
Price: $38


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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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Sep 072011

This year’s holiday collection from Geurlain is based on cool tones and is edited to play to Guerlain’s strengths–the new 4-color eyeshadows, finely milled powders and fragrance.

The star of the collection (in my book) is the Vol de Nuit (“Night Flight”) Perfumed Shimmer Powder ($87), named after Guerlain’s perfume of the same name (reviewed here by The NonBlonde).  Guerlain’s shimmer powders are usually lovely, are packed in a gorgeous atomized spray bottle and this one has an art deco propeller theme. According to the press release, this one’s scent reinterprets the original fragrance, and has a green and woody composition softened by vanilla and iris.  And Guerlain does vanilla and iris very, very well.

Holiday 2011 Meteorites Perles de Nuit ($56) are next on my wish list.  This years uses pink, gold, orange and silver pearls to illuminate without whitening.

Les Ombes de Nuit 4-color eyeshadow palette ($59) is a limited edition palette predominated by cool tones:

The Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder and Blush ($67) has a light violet scent, and has pale pink, white, deep pink and blue tones.  It comes in a black lacquer case which I assume is similar to the Series Noir G released earlier this year (reviewed here) with a brush in the bottom layer.

Temptalia’s wearing this (just on her right cheek) in this post from a preview gratis shipment sent from Guerlain. Based on this shot, the palette appears to give a gentle highlighting effect without depositing more that a dab of color.

Thankfully, Guerlain is giving us another Rouge Automatique, their highly successful lipstick line launched this year. There are two limited edition shades, #169 Flirt D’un Jour and 170 Nuit d’Amour ($35):

This year’s collection does not seem to include a pressed meteorites.  Which of these catches your eye?


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