Jun 242010

Guerlain’s Terracotta Light Summer Bronzing Powder in Blondes Hâlées ($50) is a reformulation of its formerly-released Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder.  Although the products look similar at first glance, the formula, color and tone of the products are quite different.

As both versions are still being sold, and it is worth a pause so that we can tell the difference.

The packaging of both is nearly identical.  There are two differences to look for:  First, the older versions are called “Blondes” and “Brunettes.”  The new versions are called “Blondes Hâlées” and “Brunettes Hâlées.”   Second, the limited edition version for Summer 201 uses the phrase “Summer Bronzing Powder” on the packaging and compact.  The older version does not.  Also, the new Hâlées have a slight pebbled look to the ornate embedded logo on the compact.  The older version is simpler, without the dotted texture that surrounds the swirling, embedded “G’s.”

This review focuses on Blondes Hâlées, which I recently purchased and compared to my former Blondes.

The primary differences are:

  • The texture of Blondes Hâlées is much softer and easier to pick up on the brush.  The older Blondes seems quite hard by comparison.
  • Blondes Hâlées is a deeper, darker color.
  • Blondes Hâlées is a more intense, more dramatic bronzer.
  • Blondes Hâlées has redder undertones, which is more akin to a tiny pink-red that looks more like sun-exposed “tan with a touch of red”.
  • The older Blondes has a sheerer golden tone.

Hare side-by-side swatches:

I prefer the new formulation.  Blondes Hâlées has a beautiful natural tone with a pretty golden shimmer.  I had to beat the pigment out of the former Blondes to get sheer coverage. Blondes Hâlées gives a more natural look and is much easier to work with.

Here is a comparison — on the left, no bronzer.  On the right, Blondes Hâlées:

Although Guerlain Blondes Hâlées is a deeper color tone, I find the effect quite natural.  Her skin takes on a pink tone, without any trace of orange.

Below, Liz added a pop of pink blush (Bobbi Brown French Pink) on top of Blondes Hâlées:

So, between the Edward Bess Daydream that I reviewed last and the Guerlain, which do you prefer?



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Guerlain L’Instant D’une Caresse Single Eyeshadow

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May 122010

Guerlain has recently released four single eyeshadows, including L’Instant D’une Caresse (Guerlain Ombre Eclat 1 Color 183) ($35).  These singles are expensive but enormous.  For comparison, Guerlain’s eyeshadows are .12 oz (3.6 grams) for $35.  MAC’s are .04 and .05, depending on the style, and run $14.50.  Chanel’s are .07 ounces for $28.50.  So although Guerlain’s are among the highest among department store brands, they are the largest so buying one is a commitment.  The question is whether you love any of them enough to commit.

Until now, I’ve only loved one –Sable Blond 101–which was released with Guerlain’s Summer 2009 collection.  I absolutely love this color (swatch below), it’s a wonderful neutral shade that gives a pretty soft shimmer to the lid.  Based on Karlasugar’s swatches, I thought it was time to venture a little further into Guerlain’s line.  I’ll be running through four of these in the next few days.

L’Instant D’une Caresse is a shimmery off-white shade that evokes a beige.  This will not turn opaque on your brow bone (which is probably a good thing).  It’s pigmented, but not intended to go completely white unless you really work at it.  There are some shimmery bits once this is applied.

Here is a swatch of Guerlain’s L’Instant D’une Caresse, along with Sable Blonde and a pearl Shu highlighter, P 800:

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Easy Summer Look

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May 102010

Spring is turning slowly into summer where I live–sometimes our weather will seem warm, while others (like today) there is a grey rain with the attendant cloud cover.  Summer brings some of my favorite months, and so I’m impatient for it to arrive.  To get me in the mood, here is an easy summer look that I wore over the weekend:

  • Avene Emulsion 50+ Sunscreen
  • Guerlain Terracotta Tinted Moisturizer in Blondes (this is truly moisturizing–I wish Guerlain made this in an everyday version) reviewed here.
  • Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in In Love – reviewed here
  • Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss in Bondi – reviewed here
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink, topped with Guerlain’s Terracotta Eye Kohl in Mirage (reviewed here)
  • Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils mascara
  • RMS Beauty eyeshadow in Lunar (reviewed here).  This was a sample that I got gratis from the Spirit Beauty Lounge, but I recently discovered that similar samples can be purchased quite cheaply at this link.

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May 102010

Rescue Beauty Lounge–the edgy niche nail polish brand–has released Diddy Mow, the third of its surfer-themed polishes for Summer 2010.  As the site describes–the name is a “surf term for a harsh wipeout, is a putty green, the color of sand through sea water, the moment before you eat it!”

This green is not moss, it’s not forest, it’s not Shrek-green.  In fact, it has so much grey in it that it is the color of seaweed through cloudy water, a color that evokes the summer of the cooler northern climates.  The pearl is barely noticeable unless the light hits it just right.  It’s a nice toned-down color that is going to look amazing with all of the corals that we’ve seen this season:

Here is a quick re-cap with the other two Rescue Beauty Lounge colors for this season, in case you are thinking of a single order:

360 is reviewed here:

Bangin’ is reviewed here:

The formula on all of these is divine–one to two coats maximum, easy to work with.

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May 082010

NARS Summer 2010 includes a very small release of three Multiple Tints ($38), which are exclusively available online at NARS website.  These are sheer, almost gel-like tubes of color in a twist-up tube that can be used for a blush or lip color.  Unlike the Multiples, they have no bronzer effect and their highlighting effect is minimal.  They are meant to add a sheer wash of color.

This limited release has three choices– Beverly Hills is red-based, Turks & Caicos is orange-peach based.  I purchased Cadaqués, which is pink based, but looks fuchsia in the tube.

The traditional “NARS” lettering on the packaging had a cute–and very practical– touch with Cadaqués because it is printed with pink letters.  If you have other Multiples in your makeup collection, this helps distinguish this one from the others.

The color in the tube is very vibrant:

Once applied, this applies as a sheer wash of pink with a touch of shimmer.  This is several (10) swipes, and you can see that the color builds nicely on my arm.  However, applied to the cheeks, it only took 1-2 swipes to give me a healthy pink glow.  The product has a slight sheen when the light hits it.  The texture has a gel feel, not the opaque cream of the other Multiples. Click to enlarge:

This last one shows that these apply as a sheer wash of color–there are no shimmer or glitter bits in this product.  The sheen you see (especially the picture, above) is from the gel-texture in sunlight.  Again, click to enlarge:

These were taken with a combination of warm sunlight and flash.

I’m going to have check in later on the lasting power…

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Guerlain Terracotta Teint D´Ailleurs Tinted Moisturizer- Blondes

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Apr 162010

I’ve been testing Guerlain Terracotta Teint D´Ailleurs Tinted Moisturizer ($46) in Blondes, part of the line’s Summer 2010 Terracotta collection.  I was originally skeptical of the product–one might look like one is wearing the wrong color foundation or went over-the-top with a spray tan.

I am a passionate believer in sunscreen.  I don’t use self-tanners, because my skin care regimen would exfoliate off the effect almost overnight. Instead, I’ve gone with powder or liquids applied in selected areas for a more natural look.  Still, I often envy the overall softly tanned look on some that I see.  Also, I thought that if anyone can make bronzer look good (or, at least, natural), it’s Guerlain.  So I ordered the lighter Blondes from Nordstrom.com to give it a try.

The tinted moisturizer comes in a luxe glass bottle with a gold-colored pump, and a simulated wood-textured plastic cap.  The application is somewhat sheer– I would say about one-half the coverage of a light foundation such as Chanel Tient Innocence Fluid.  This allows a bit of your natural skin to peek through.  As an aside, I used this with my physical sunscreen (Elta MD Physical 41), so combined I had sufficient coverage.

The texture is glowy, allowing the surface of the skin to have a bit of sheen.  Guerlain took the “moisturizer” in the product name seriously, it feels very luxurious, nourishing and moisturizing.  It lasted well through a ten-hour day on my combination skin.

As far as the color, it took my MAC NC15/Chanel Cameo Intensity 1.0 down a good two to three shades.  I got a few questions about whether I had spent some time in the sun from others, and I looked like I had.  I added a bit of darker powder bronzer on the cheeks to break up the “all one color” look, and of course a pink blush.  There were no orange tones on my warm skin, and no shimmer bits either.  It was sort of a sheer wash of color that looked liked I had acquired a light tan.

I know that some “embrace the pale,” but sometimes I enjoy adding some tan look to my skin.  I know that I’ll continue to use the Guerlain Tinted Moisturizer over the summer.  My sense is that it looks about as natural as a good self-tanner (again, the color looked natural not orange or brassy).  I’m going to give this a cautious positive recommendation, but this is very much a Your Mileage May Vary product, depending on your skin tone.  It’s worth looking at if you’d like a bit of a natural glow with a nice, moisturizing feel.  If at all possible, try before you buy so that you can tell whether you’ll like the effect on your skintone.

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Apr 152010

Lancome’s Summer 2010 Bronze Riviera Collection includes the incredible Tropiques Minerale Bamboo Bronzer ($45).  Some makeup products are so beautiful that I’m quite impressed just by opening the compact.

Tropiques Minerale was one of those products.

How beautifully done is this?  It has that golden shimmery goodness.   This is so gorgeously implemented that I’m going to happy to open this on summer mornings to come.

Unfortunately, I’m completely overwhelmed with non-blogging obligations until Monday, so I won’t be able to swatch this until next week.  First, this bronzer is quite large–a good 5″ or so across the pan–so that it can easily be used as a body bronzer.  Second, although I’m quite sure that the top is just an over-spray, the shimmer is done beautifully.  I’m not usually drawn to bamboo patterns, but this one is pretty enough to get me excited to try this–I’ve heard wonderful things about Lancome’s summer bronzers.

Compare the size of the Lancome to a MAC Mineralized Skinfinish, below:

Have a wonderful weekend, beauties!  Okay, just one more…can’t resist!

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Apr 142010

Chanel’s Summer 2010 included three lip products that fall within the category of neutral lips.  With a soft beige, peach and golden tones, these evoke a sophisticated glow that will look good on many shades of warm-toned wearers.  I’m less certain that cool-toned skin types will love them just as much.  Here’s a look:

Chanel Glossimer in Bikini Peach ($27) is a warm, sheer peach with golden glitters.  This has the typical Glossimer-gel feel, it’s easy to wear for those who do not want a strong color.  This gives a nice sophisticated glow either alone (my favorite way to wear a glossimer) or over a lipstick.  However, you would need more than one coat to see a strong peach color come through.

Single coat lip swatch:

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss in Bondi Beach ($27) has a much sheerer feel and wear compared to the Glossimer.  You get a more neutral beige tone, but these do tend to wear off somewhat quickly.  I have also had a few Aqualumiere gloss caps and containers split over my years of use, so you might be a bit more careful with the packaging on these.  If you tend to toss your glosses into your beloved Birkin/Marc Jacobs/LV/(insert bag of choice here) and head out for the day, you’ve been warned.

I like this gloss. On my pigmented lips, it tends to knock down the color down and add a layer of shine and a creamy-beige tone.  The Aqualumiere glosses are undeniably pretty, and that’s what makes me keep buying them despite the fact that I’m unhappy with the packaging.

No one is more surprised than me to report that of all of the neutral lip products from Summer 2010, I liked the Aqualumiere lipstick in Bondi ($28.50) best.  I don’t typically like Chanel’s Aqualumiere lipsticks–they feel dry to me and some of them have had flakes of glitter in them.  Yeah, ugh.  Fortunately, Bondi is a nice, neutral glowing lipstick that I’ll use frequently over the next few months.   Yes, you can layer this with the gloss–but I prefer easier looks for summer. Bondi works well with a single swipe, which is wonderful if you’re going to sipping water (or something else?) all summer long.

Swatches, swatches, swatches:

Chanel’s Summer 2010 Collection went up online at Chanel.com yesterday.  The lack of eyeshadow and liner products is curious, I don’t think that I’ve ever seen Chanel skip over those for a summer launch.  Chanel’s counter display has a repromote with the Demure quad shown, which makes me want to buy Demure (how did I miss that one before?) but that’s not a new quad.

There are two limited edition bronzers in the collection–Terre d’ore and Terre Halee ($50 each). I was able to play with these at a a counter over the weekend, but didn’t buy them (at least yet). Terre D’ore is a light golden bronze for the palest skin tones.  It’s a barely-there bronzer.  Terre Halee is a deeper color than Terre Epice, despite the appearance of the swatches on Chanel’s website.  It’s a pretty, neutral tan that’s going to work easily on the NC35’s and higher.  I’m paler than that, but I’m fearless when it comes to bronzers.  I didn’t purchase either because I have three other Chanel bronzers that will never end, including Terre Epice which is right in between the other two.  Seriously, I’ve had one of them since 2005 that I’ve use every day for months at a time and the level of product seems almost unchanged.  I can’t justify buying two more but we’ll see.

What will sell out first?  Nouvelle Vague nail polish and the Rouge Allure in Genial are my predictions.  What are yours?

Chanel’s site also added the three nail polishes from the Orient Extreme Exclusive Collection.  For the U.S., this will be a very limited release, only online and in the Chanel boutiques.  Where is the Jet – Gold eyeliner duo?  Why didn’t Chanel post that as well?  Who knows–the mysteries of Chanel’s online site have eluded many of us and will continue to do so. I called a Chanel boutique to get one of the eyeliners shipped to me.  Here’s some advice, if you get it use it wet.  It’s meant to be used wet.  No, seriously-go ahead, dab that brush in something before you dip!

Finally–the latest rumor that I heard about the new Chanel duo eyeshadows is that it will be released with the Fall Collection, although I have also heard that it would be earlier.  Hopefully, we won’t have to wait until July but that might be the case.  And yes, according to the Sales Associate at my local counter, the current Irreelle duo’s are being discontinued.

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Chanel Summer 2010 – Gloss Fluo de Chanel in Pop and Laser

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Apr 122010

Chanel’s Summer 2010 Pop Collection includes two Gloss Fluo de Chanel in Pop and Laser ($27 each).  As with Chanel’s Fluo glosses released in the past, these two are very lightly pigmented, high-shine glosses with the familiar Glossimer gel feel.

In the tube, the colors look like electric jelly.  Despite the brightness, these are easy summer glosses, or at a minimum, as fun as a Chanel product gets (why do I imagine Coco Chanel wearing pearls to the beach?)  You can keep one in your beach bag or summer purse.  Pull them out, they’re fun little flashes of color that look great when you touch up your lips poolside.  They deposit a “just bit into a popsicle” touch of color and glow–barely any color, just full glossy lips with the faintest touch of tone.

The gel texture gives the lips a moisturized and deeply shiny look.   These will not give you an over-done or heavy lip.   The doe-foot applicator, which is visible through the sheer gloss in the tube, delivers a wash of glossy shine.  There is no glimmer, shimmer or sparkle.

Laser (#407) is a deep pink and Pop (#427) is the bright coral-pink.

Fair warning–if you’d like versions of these shade with opaque pigment, then buy the Rouge Allure lipsticks in Super and Genial.  These Fluo are not designed to apply with the same brightness as the tubes.

I think of Chanel’s Fluo’s as fun little accessories.   The tubes are pretty, unique and eye-catching.  They are in the distinctive Glossimer tube that says “Yes, it’s Chanel.”   The result is a sheer, glossy and summer-casual effect.  If you like, try these over a lipstick for a completely different, high-shine plus pigment effect.

Here are the swatches:

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