Mar 232014
 

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We recently picked up Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Attrape Coeur ($36), a moisturizing medium pink with a touch of coral that is lovely for Spring and Summer. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue (free shipping w/code FREESHIP) and Nordstrom (free ship, no code), this color is a pretty, wear-with-everything color that you will not want to miss.

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This applies sheerly in a single coat, and can be built up for a stronger color.

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Guerlain Attrape Coeur on Liz:

Guerlain Attrape Coeur on Liza

Here are a few comparison swatches with the light, cool Chanel Magnolia and Chanel Rouge Coco Taffetas Rose:

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It seems like light, glowing color is the best look for Spring. Overall, we love the soft pretty wearable Guerlain Attrape Coeur.

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue (free shipping w/code FREESHIP) and Nordstrom (free ship always).

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Mar 142014
 

Guerlain Les Tendres5

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 052014
 

Tom Ford Spring Lipsticks01

Tom Ford has released a series of new limited edition lipsticks for Spring 2014 ($49). Here, we chose three shades from the line-up chosen primarily from The Beauty Look Book’s helpful review.  Pink Dune is a soft neutral with shimmer. Summer Fling is a soft medium pink. And Paradiso is a vibrant pink.

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Overall, the pigmentation of these is softer than the standard Tom Ford lipstick line, and stronger than his Color Shines. The colors with shimmer feel ever-so-slightly gritty on application, but seem to soften to a moisturizing feel.

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These apply well, as you may expect. There is a soft vanilla scent. Although your experience may vary, both Liz and I find that the Chanel Rouge Allure formula feels more moisturizing and more luxurious than these three Tom Ford choices. The wear time on the Chanel is longer. We found that the wear time on these three Tom Fords was short to medium. Nonetheless, all three Tom Ford Spring colors that we chose are undisputedly gorgeous and we’ll use them to the last bit.

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Pink Dune is a soft neutral pink with a beautiful golden shimmer.

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)n Liz:

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Summer Fling is a soft sheer pink with shimmer.

Tom Ford Spring Lipsticks10As you can likely guess, Tom Ford Summer Fling is a go-with-eveything pink.  If you are undecided, Summer Fling is a safest choice.

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Tom Ford Summer Fling on Liz:

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Tom Ford Paradiso is a beautiful rich pink, which can pick up a bit of coral tones when applied.

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How beautiful is this color?

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Tom Ford Paradiso on Liz:

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Swatches of all shades:

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Overall, another successful release from Tom Ford. I believe that the pictures speak for themselves. These are beautiful.

Tom Ford Beauty is available from Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom.

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Jan 252014
 

Guerlain Meteroites new formulation1

Guerlain has repackaged and reformulated its iconic permanent line of Meteorites. I tried the new Guerlain Meteorites in Clair #2 ($60) (available here from Nordstrom, here from Sephora).  If you are new to the product, Guerlain Meteorties are a vanity-display-worthy container of color correcting finishing powders. Guerlain explains this concept in a more elevated tone:

A subtle blend of matte, rosy and radiant blue-toned white pearls, combined with corrective coloured pearls – yellow to counter redness, pink for freshness and mauve to catch the light – they light up the face in an illuminating and corrective halo to give endless radiance.

I have loved all of the previous powders beyond reason. I have long thought that there are not true “dupes” of the colors. I actually liked the subtle violet scent (which this updated version retains). Perhaps some of their more beautiful meteorites are in their limited edition range, and so it was with some trepidation that I approached this new reformulation.

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The new packaging is beautiful, the design is updated, delicate and simplified. This lightweight metal product is pretty, although still not extending into the “travel friendly” category (Guerlain makes meteorites compacts for those purposes).

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The container comes with a soft flocked padded sponge, which keeps the little meteorites in their place. The color-correcting, illuminating powders are inside:

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The new reformulation is said to be “softer” in texture, meaning that it is easier to pick up on a brush. I found that these new reformulations are in fact much softer. Indeed, I found that a few meteorites had slight breakage, and there was a pool of loose powder on the bottom of the container that had collected (perhaps during the shipment process). Some of the perles had chipped at bit. The entire contents:

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You can see some of the powder in the open jar as it sits on its side:

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Certainly this loose residue is still usable as a powder, although it seems to defeat the purpose of the meteorites concept.  I found that I could not use the same powder brush as I have with the prior version on the unbroken perles.  The application was too “white” and heavy. I’ve had to switch to a duo-fibre brush (Chanel’s version of the MAC 187).

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I am thinking of trying the bronzier-toned Guerlain Meteorites in Dore, as a soft bronzer along the lines of the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow #30 powders. Then again, the Chanel Les Beiges is working out so beautifully, comes in a travel-friendly compact, and gives me a beautiful finish. So I’m reluctant to mess with success. After I swept the little meteorites back into their container, the below image shows the residue that was left. Some powder was knocked off during shipment and came from the container during the spill, and some from handling during the spilling and sweeping.  Although I tried to handle these gently, this should indicate my experience with how soft these new meteorites are.

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I trust Guerlian’s powder products so much–they truly understand the concept of finely milled on an entirely different level. These are beautifully formulated, but it will take me some adjustment to learn how to apply this new reformulation properly so that it compliments my skin. I’ve heard different criticisms of the prior version, such as that the effect was too subtle, or that the price point was too high to be justified by the effect. But I had not heard that the prior version wasn’t soft enough. Guerlain thought differently, and they are certainly in a better position than I am to understand and respond to customer feedback.

By reader request, here is an image of the ingredient list. I’ve amped up the contrast because the original box has subtle printing which is hard for me to read/photograph for a blog.  Click to enlarge:

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My sense is that, if were not a beauty blogger trying to understand the newest and latest, I would have continued using my existing Meteorites. In the meantime, I am wondering whether the new version of the Guerlain limited edition lines will use this new format as well. If you’ve heard anything, please feel free to share in the comments.

Available here from Nordstromhere from Sephora.

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Jan 172014
 

Narsissist Palette01

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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