Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

Eye Combination #1.

Eye Look #1.

Since my reunion with my beloved Illamasqua Ore Pigment, I have become obsessed with using this beautiful bronzy antique gold pigment almost everyday!   My Eye Looks and Lip Combinations have centered around this unique pigment.  As expected, whenever I wear Ore Pigment, random strangers compliment my eye look. This week, I have had four of the most pleasant and positive conversations, all with complete strangers, over a “silly” makeup item. The power of makeup!  All other face makeup remains the same as here unless otherwise noted.

Eye Combination #1.

Eye Look #1.

Eye Combination #1.

Eye Look #1.

Eye Look #1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. Giorgio Armani blush #4 Sand used as a crease color (purchase here) *review coming soon.
  3. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the lid (purchase here)
  4. MAC Life’s Luxury Powerchrome Pencil used as a base on the lid (reviewed here).
  5. Illamasqua Ore Pigment (seen here).
  6. Shu Uemura Tokyo Palatte W4 smudge under the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  7. Inglot #90 AMC gel liner used to tight-line the upper waterline (purchase here).
  8. MAC Copper Strip used on the lower waterline (reviewed here).
  9. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).
  11. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Lip Combination #1.

Lip Combination #1.

Lip Combination #1:

  1. MAC Prolong Wear Lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy (purchase here)
  2. Shiseido RD203 Lacquer Rouge (purchase here).
Eye Combination #3.

Eye Look and Lip Combination #2.

Needing to look a bit more conservative, I turned to my trusty MAC Powerchrome pencils from summer 2013 collection to achieve look #2.  If Life’ Luxury is unavailable, Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink is very similar in color.

Eye Combination #3.

Eye Look #2.

Eye Look #2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base.
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus used all over the lid.
  3. MAC Life’s Luxury used at the base of the lashline and blended upwards.
  4. MAC Copper Strip used on the lower waterline.
  5. MAC Bronze eyeshadow used to line the lower lash line.
  6. Giorgio Armani #4 Sheer Blush used in the crease.
  7. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.
  8. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.
  9. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Lip Combination #3.

Lip Combination #2.

Lip Combination #2:

  1. MAC Prolong Wear Pencil in Nice n’ Spicy.
  2. Shiseido RD702 Lacquer Rouge (purchase here).

**Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #4 Sand was used in place of Chanel Cream blush in Destiny (61) and Inspiration (64) for both looks.  Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (reviewed here) was also used.

Nails of the Week: Estee Lauder Smashed Nail Lacquer (reviewed here).

Nail of the Week: Estee Lauder Smashed Nail Lacquer (reviewed here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you a trip to Sephora is highly recommended to see Illamasqua Ore Pigment in person.  This is one of the most beautiful and well made pigments on the market.  MAC pigments are not as refined and do not adhere as well as Illamasqua.  I wish Illamasqua would somehow repackage Ore pigment or create a long-lasting cream shadow it its likeness.  In the meanwhile, remember to be kind and if the mood should strike, compliment someone…kind words never hurt.  I hope you found this helpful.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Update:  Bloomingdales now sells Illamasqua (here)…The entire line!!!!!

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Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow review, swatches, comparisons.

Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre.

Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre.

Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre.

Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre.

I am not one to go out and hunt down limited-edition products.  My cosmetic defense mechanism kicks-in and reminds me, repurchase is futile.  However, when Chanel Nuit Infinie de Chanel Collection started appearing on blogs and reviews started flooding in, I knew Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre ($36 US/ 4g) was the one color in this LE collection that was worth the pursuit.  Mind you, it took four major department stores to track down this color.  The things I will do for this blog.  Was it worth it?  You’ll see…..

The Pros:

  1. Beautiful antique gold color with micro-fine gold, copper and silver sparkles.  What a combination!
  2. Sanitary and sturdy packaging.
  3. Price/amount ratio is a good value.
  4. Initiation reminds me of my beloved Illamasqua Ore Pigment.
  5. The sparkles are lightweight and abundant.
Left: Illamasqua Ore Pigment. Right: Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre.

Left: Illamasqua Ore Pigment.
Right: Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre.

The Cons:

  1. Initiation has a very faint brown base, color build-up is not possible.
  2. The color seems to be consisted of pure sparkle.
  3. The formula is not on par with other Illusion D’Ombre (reviewed here).  The sparkle’s texture is not as densely packed as Vision or Fantasme.  Initiation’s performance reminded me more of MAC pressed pigments (not good).
  4. There does not seem to be a sufficient binding agent within the formula to allow the sparkle to adhere to the lid.  The fallout is ridiculous!
  5. This particular color seems to have had issues with shrinkage (as seen on many other blogs); presumably due to the drier texture and lack of a dense color base.
  6. After one hour the sparkles migrated from my lids to my face.
Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre over Shu Uemura M895.

Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre over Shu Uemura M895.

I had to place Chanel Initiation over a matte color, otherwise the camera would not have picked-up the color.

Comparison to Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre:

As stated earlier, I was so excited to get this color solely because of its resemblance to Illamasqua Ore Pigment.

Left: Illamasqua Ore Pigment. Right: Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre.

Left: Illamasqua Ore Pigment.
Right: Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre.

Swatch: L-R: Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre and Illamasqua Ore Pigment.

Swatch: L-R: Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre and Illamasqua Ore Pigment.

Illamasqua Ore Pigment with Sephora Glitter brush.

Illamasqua Ore Pigment with Sephora Glitter brush.

My love for Ore Pigment has sparked countless recommendations.  Every time I wear Ore, people want to know what it is and how to apply it best.  Ore Pigment (or any pigment for that matter) can be applied with ease and zero fallout with the Sephora Glitter Silicone Brush (discontinued but, MUFE  and E.L.F both have a version of this brush in their line).  Simply dip the brush into the pigment, tap off the excess and press the brush onto your lid.  My only criticism with Ore Pigment has to do with the packaging.  I find the container impractical and cumbersome.  Hey ho…the actual pigment inside is stellar!  Oh how I wish Initiation had Ore’s pigmentation, longevity and adhesion.

Left: Illamasqua Ore Pigment. Right: Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre.

Left: Illamasqua Ore Pigment.
Right: Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre.

I applied Initiation with my ring finger and then gently patted the color across my lid .  The hand swatch for Chanel Initiation was quite promising, but the color pay-off and performance on the lids was beyond disappointing.

Chanel Cosmetics can be found in any department store.  Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, even Century 21 and Chanel.com.  Currently, chanel.com does not carry this color, you will be able to find Initiation in person at Saks and online at Nordstrom.com.

Illamasqua Cosmetics can be found exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to skip Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre.  This particular color does not adequately represent the Illusion D’Ombre range.   For my needs, this color did not live up to my expectations; I wanted noticeable color with some sparkle.  Certain people’s penchant for Initiation will be due to it’s subtly, although the fallout will be a deal breaker for many others.  For my part, I will be exchanging Chanel Initiation. In the meanwhile, Maverick “if you feel the need, the need for speed” (Top Gun bro) then get your antique gold/bronze fix with Illamasqua Ore Pigment.  You will not be disappointed.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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