Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée.

Chanel Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée.

Before my blogging days, I was that crazy person who would rip into her freshly purchased cosmetics as soon as I exited the store, usually in the car (I know I’m not the only one).  However, for the sake of showcasing my products in mint condition, I have since refrained from such practices.  Any and all cultivated willpower went out the window, when Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée ($36 USD/4g) came into my possession.  These jars of gelatinous creamy goodness were just too enticing to wait for their photo op (hence the less than pristine look).  Can you predict the outcome of this review?  I hope you enjoy.

Chanel Ombre Premiere

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée.

The Pros to Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows:

  1. Cream formula has a very soft, supple consistency.
  2. According to the Chanel counter manager, these cream shadows were formulated to withstand shrinkage (if you have the Illusion D’Ombre you know what I’m talking about) and completely set after a few seconds.
  3. Colors are not as sparkle intense as the Illusion D’Ombre shadows–thank goodness.
  4. Once formula sets (30 seconds), the color does not budge.
  5. Both colors wore well over the NYX primer, but especially well over an opaque shadow base (think MAC Paint Pot, Bobbi Brown Shadow Stick, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick, etc..) for 12 hours.
  6. Formula applies well with fingers and accompanying brush.
  7. Accompanying brush is reminiscent of a miniature MAC 239–fantastic upgrade from the angle applicator included with the Illusion D’Ombre line.
  8. Can be layered without patchiness for a more intense outcome.
  9. Perfect as stand alone eyeshadows or bases for powder eyeshadows.
  10. 806 Terre Brûlée gorgeous bronze color contains the finest coppery gold shimmer.
  11. 802 Undertone’s slight warm brown nuance gives the shade depth, but yet manages to brighten without looking overdone.
  12. The lighter shades in the collection can also be used as facial highlighters on certain skin tones.
  13. Edited collection contains eight shades (here).
  14. The updated logo color on the tops of the jars from white to gold looks very chic.
  15. Formulated without parabens, PTFE, or mineral oil.
  16. Made in Italy–Viva Italia!!

The Cons to Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows:

  1. Upward shimmer migration occurred with 806 Terre Brûlée.  Hooded eyes will likely experience the same results.
  2. 806 Terre Brûlée is best applied in thin layers.  The lightweight shimmer seems to disperse towards the crease and on eyeglasses, if a thick layer is used.
  3. The shimmer in 806 Terre Brûlée will shift if a powder eyeshadow is blended on top.
  4. The unique texture does not adhere easily to the brush head.  There is a slip to the formula that induces one to dig the brush into the pot forcefully to pick-up color–sometimes too much.
  5. Mature lids would be advised to try before buying.
  6. Chanel counter manager claims the Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows are permanent in the line and an eventual replacement for the Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows, but Chanel.com states these are limited-edition–who’s right, only time will tell.
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée.

  • As you can tell from the photo above, the texture is not that of your typical cream shadow.  These new Ombre Premiere Eyeshadows are quite malleable and easily compressed–reminds me of a softer version of Play-Doh.
Chanel 802 Undertone

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone.

Chanel 802 Undertone.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone.

  • Right off the bat, Chanel 802 Undertone is what I wished Charlotte Tilbury’s Marie Antoinette (reviewed here) would have been.  The major difference between the two brands is the setting properties. As stated in my review, Marie Antoinette’s mousse-like formula did not fully set. Even though the color was lovely, I could not get past the lack of staying power.  Thankfully, Chanel took their time creating a version of cream shadow that actually does what it claims.
  • If I had to say, 802 Undertone is one of the most versatile shades in the collection.  The color is neutral enough to flatter any skin tone and is the ultimate one color swipe-and-go shade for those who want to look put together when time is of the essence.  In addition, I’m also using this as a highlighter and adding a lighter shade (Edward Bess Sunlight) at the high point of the cheeks, for a slight ombré effect.
Chanel 806 Terre Brûlée.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 806 Terre Brûlée.

Chanel 806 Terre Brûlée.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 806 Terre Brûlée.

  • Chanel 806 Terre Brûlée is the shade I wanted to get from the beginning.  This color seems to possess the perfect balance of bronze, copper and gold.  However, I did find the formula more sheer in texture than 802 Undertone.  This slight discrepancy maybe the reason why I find an opaque primer/base more beneficial than a clear primer.  In my experience, fingers are the perfect tool for layering this color.  The accompanying brush is wonderful, but the slip in the formula makes it challenging to get the right amount on the brush.
  • The fine shimmer in this shade seems to bind to the skin more securely when given the chance to set in-between each layer.  Case in point, when a thicker layer is applied, a minuscule amount of the featherweight shimmer seems to cling to my glasses or sunglasses–very odd.
  • Another point worth noting, if the intention is to utilize this shade as a base for powder eyeshadows, patting motions would work best to keep the shimmers from scattering.  Personally, I would never top Terre Brûlée with a powder because it makes a striking statement on its own.
Chanel 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée.

Chanel cream shadows

Wearing Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée.

  • For the above look, Chanel 802 Undertone was placed all over the mobile lid and inner corners. The middle row of colors from my Viseart o1 Neutral Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here) layered well over the color in the outer “v”, crease and lower lash line.  Chanel 806 Terre Brûlée was patted over the reddish shade from the palette, on the lower lash line.  Bobbi Brown Taupe Shadow Stick (reviewed here) was used to line the inner waterline.
Wearing Chanel 802 Undertone.

Wearing Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone.

  • For the above look, Chanel 802 Undertone was used all over the mobile lid with Bobbi Brown Camel eyeshadow in the crease and lower lash line, and Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Liquid Liner (reviewed here).  Bobbi Brown Taupe Shadow Stick was used to line the lower waterline.  Chanel 806 Terre Brûlée was used over BB Camel on the lower lash line.
Chanel 806 Terre Brûlée.

Wearing Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 806 Terre Brûlée.

  • For the above look, Chanel 806 Terre Brûlée was applied to the mobile lid in three thin layers, with 802 Undertone in the inner corner.  The first layer applied smoothly using my ring finger. With an adequate foundation in place, the second layer was easily built-up using the accompanying brush.  The third and final layer was just a formality to enhance the shimmer more so than the color.  Utilizing patting motions, my ring finger was the perfect tool for depositing a delicate final touch.
Chanel Cream Eyeshadow ingredient list.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow ingredient list.

 

**Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows 802 Undertone and 806 Terre Brûlée are sold at Saks, Nordstrom, Macys, Lord & Taylor, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows are a home run.  The carefully curated color selection, long wear formula, beautiful finish, versatility and comfortable wear make these shadows a treasure.  Regardless if you get one, three or all of the colors, rest assured, you will be pleased with your purchase.  With that being said, I need to invest in a couple of more colors to adequately support this statement–wink, wink.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter review.

Marc Jacobs Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

During the recent Sephora VIB Rouge sale, I had a moment of weakness and purchased the new Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Dew You ($44 USD/ .80 fl.oz.).  As I have stated in my previous post, I am making a conservative effort to cut down on cosmetic purchases, however in my pathetic defense, this gorgeous golden liquid illuminator seemed too perfect to pass up.   After much trial and error, I have come to a firm conclusion–I should have stuck to my limited no-buy.  Marc Jacobs Dew You, you are indeed beautiful, but gosh darn-it, I’m just not that into you.  I hope you enjoy.

Marc Jacobs Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter claims:

Inspired by Marc Jacobs’s love of coconut water and a radiant complexion, this product features five forms of coconut to hydrate and nourish:

-Coconut alkanes: Help with longer wear
-Coconut milk: Deeply hydrates
-Coconut water: Provides refreshing electrolytes
-Coconut polysaccharides: Help condition
-Coconut fragrance: Lightly scented

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Packaging:

  • The packaging for this illuminator is truly spectacular.  The pump can be easily controlled to dispense the tiniest drop of liquid or a full pump, depending on how much pressure is applied.  The liquid formula easily flows without clogging or dry bits accumulating around the opening.
  • The thick frosted glass container is certainly luxe and weighty.  Personally, a glass container is one of the factors that always inspires a purchase.  For the price, it is nice to see glass utilize instead of lesser quality plastic.  The typical concern of glass not being travel friendly is not applicable in this case, the substantial glass would be quite difficult to shatter.
  • Similarly, the Re(marc)ble foundation is housed in an equality sturdy glass container, but the inefficient and wasteful applicator has put me off from investing in another bottle.  If they implemented this fantastic pump on that foundation, I would order my usual shade in a heartbeat.

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Formula/Color:

  • As briefly implied, the formula of Dew You is ridiculously silky smooth.  The initial cooling sensation is refreshing, but quickly dissipates within seconds.
  • The substantial gel consistency sheers out with fingers or with a sponge (my preferred tool).  When used sheerly, the formula dries down and sets very quickly.  This could be a good or bad thing depending on what you prefer in a liquid highlighter.  On my dry skin, the limited malleability resulted in product sitting on top of skin rather than blending in with the rest of the makeup.  More often than not, I found myself having to go back and lightly buff bronzer over the edges of the highlighter to incorporate the colors.
  • Its also worth mentioning, due to the fast setting time, trying to correct any mishap can disturb foundation.
Marc Jacobs Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew you Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

Marc Jacobs Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

  • The concentrated pigment does not require a lot of product for high impact result.  The small amount above was all that was needed for both swatches, with some to spare.  My advice for a more “natural” look is to use thin layers, allowing a few second to dry in between layers.
  • Dew You works brilliantly as a base for any powder highlighter, the gel formula really encapsulates any powder and keeps it in place all day.  Oiler skins would really do well utilizing this method to ensure their highlighter stays in place all day.
  • On my complexion, the yellowish golden tinge clashed with my olive undertone.  I found mixing a bit of Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer (reviewed here) created a deeper, more flattering shade.  In addition, I cannot help but think, a pinky/peach duo chrome shift would have made this product more appealing.  As it stands, I can achieve the same effect with any powder formula, simply by dampening my brush.
  • Many young ladies who have reviewed this on YT, utilize this illuminating gel mixed into their foundation for a luminous effect.  Although in theory this method would work for dry skins, in my experience, the illuminating aspect accentuated every fine line on my face.  Furthermore, in the presence of sunlight (not those ring lights every YouTuber uses to defuse reality), my foundation had a slight glistening quality.  The appearance of a healthy glow on targeted areas is quite flattering, but when the entire face is illuminated, the outcome is a bit overdone.  Ironically, if I recall correctly, a few years ago Revlon underwent serious criticism for formulating their PhotoFinish foundation, with the same illuminating properties these YT beauties are trying to mimic.
Marc Jacobs Dew You

Wearing Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

  • For the above look, Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter was applied to the mobile lids, inner corners, brow bone, bridge of the nose, upper lip and cheekbones.  Admittedly, the formula works really well as an eyeshadow over a primer.  My lids glistened the whole day without any issues.  Although the look was seemingly put together, I was not fully comfortable sporting this amount of illumination all at once.  The overwhelming feeling that every little pore and wrinkle was emphasized, resulted in my lack of interest in Dew You.
  • Makeup used for the rest of the look is as follows:  Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Fresco 2C3 (here), Vincent Longo Cooperkiss bronzer and Sandalwood blush (here), YSL Souffle d’eclat loose powder in shade 3, Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Liquid Liner (here–must have), Bobbi Brown Camel eyeshadow in the crease and lower lash line (here), Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wengewood (here), Colourpop Lippie Pencil in Lady with Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in 600 (here). 

Highlighter Comparisons:

Highlighter Comparisons

Highlighter Comparisons:
Josie Maran, Illamasqua, Marc Jacobs and Edward Bess.

  • Josie Maran Wand and Liquid Illuminator (reviewed here) both have an obvious bronze tone in comparison to the others.  The deeper golden coloring suits my complexion more so than a Dew You’s bright golden hue.  Personally, the wand’s creamy consistency is my favorite as it glides on the skin easily and melds with the skin seamlessly.
  • Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder is my love (reviewed here) .  The slight pink/gold shift is so flattering and the formula is ultra creamy.  This is my go-to everyday powder highlighter that never lets me down.
  • Edward Bess Sunlight is a long time favorite.  The champagne color has a pink undertone that works best on light/medium complexions.  This is one highlighter that exudes that much sought after, sophisticated lit-from-within glow.  Although outrageously priced, I still contend the cream to powder formula is the very best highlighter, especially for maturing skins.
Marc Jacobs Dew

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ingredient list.

  • Although parabens, sulfates and phthalates are omitted, the seemingly natural ingredients emphasis is far-fetched.  The hand full of natural components are lost in a 95% sea of chemicals.  Granted, I am not a stranger to chemicals in my cosmetics, but the marketing for this product really grinds my gears.  “It’s formulated with five forms of coconut and provitamin B5 to help hydrate and nourish skin” –research some/all of these ingredients and you be the judge.

**Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter is made in the USA and available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, and marcjacobs.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter will appeal to many, just not to this blogger.  The smooth consistency, golden coloring, quality packaging, longevity and delicate tropical fragrance provides the right amount of smoke and mirrors.  Dew You reminds me of that “really great guy” everyone else loves; he’s gorgeous, smooth, suave, funny, has moments of brilliance, yet in private, he is a bit needy and has something to hide.  Simply put, he just doesn’t do it for me.  Sorry–I’m not sorry.   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *This post contains affiliate store links. *Click on the highlighted words for a direct link to each product. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner review and swatches.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle.

Lately, I have had this overwhelming desire to edit my makeup collection and spending.  The book, Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (here) is the culprit for this sudden epiphany.  Her premise is rather simple–surround yourself only with items that ignite joy.  This mentality has really made me question all of my past, present and future purchases–especially when it comes to cosmetics.  So while decluttering my various eyeliners (gels, pencils and liquids), I had a longing for my favorite discontinued, Guerlain Bleu Outremer liner (reviewed here).  The rich navy liner paired well with every look and never failed to brighten my overall appearance.  Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle ($35 USD/ 1.6 mL.) has not only surpassed my previous crush, but the formula is downright HG material!  I hope you enjoy.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Golden Bronze Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle.

The Pros to Bobbi Brown Long-Wear liquid Liner:

  1. Blackened base is engulfed with sparkling pigment that is smooth and applies seamlessly.
  2. Applicator head is designed with a semi-flexible long tapered head that comes to a point for precise color placement–the best applicator I have ever used. 
  3. The material of the head holds a substantial amount of product so only one dip is required for each eye.
  4. Bottle must be shaken to incorporate base color with the sparkle pigment.
  5. All day wear (12 hours) without any color transfer, flaking or smudging.
  6. Pigment dries quickly and does not feather into fine lines on maturing lids.
  7. Sparkle is rather sophisticated–not over the top or adolescent.
  8. Colors are deep, but cannot be mistaken for black.
  9. When colors are properly incorporated the effect is more metallic than sparkly–great for daytime and nighttime use.
  10. Removes with dual action makeup remover.
  11. Made in Korea–good or bad you decide.
  12. Comes in five sparkling colors–FOREST SPARKLE, NIGHT SKY SPARKLE, VIOLET SPARKLE, BALTIC BLUE SPARKLE, GOLDEN BRONZE SPARKLE.
  13. Formulated without mineral oil or parabens.

The Cons to Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner:

  1. Right of the bat–the price amount ratio is outrageous ($22 per ounce).  My head knows this is ridiculous, but I cannot deny the ease of use, longevity and pigmentation.
  2. Forgetting to properly shake the tube will result in an uneven, diluted application.
  3. Can be a bit challenging to remove with Bioderma.  I find holding down a saturated makeup pad on the liner for thirty (30) seconds is an adequate amount of time to break down the formula.
  4. Violet SparkleBaltic Blue Sparkle or Night Sky Sparkle are not that distinctive from each other.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle.

  • As you can tell from the photos above, the blackened base is slightly more evident on the Baltic Blue Sparkle swatch as opposed to Golden Bronze Sparkle.  This variation was done purposefully to demonstrate the effect of the liner when the tube is not properly shaken.  I prefer to vigorously tap the tube against the palm of my hand (listen for the metal balls) to really awaken and meld the sparkle with the base color.
  • Baltic Blue Sparkle was shook midair, where as Golden Bronze Sparkle was incorporated with the method described above.  Although both colors are saturated, you can easily see how the sparkle may separate from the base, leaving irregular color payoff.
  • I have read some reviews stating these liners are not pigmented enough and flake throughout the day, but I wholeheartedly disagree.  The photos below clearly demonstrate the level of pigment saturation for each color.
Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown

Wearing Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle.

  • For the above look, the dark espresso brown color from the Viseart Neutral Palette was smudged along the lash line in my customary wedge shape.  Kjaer Weis Magnetic eyeshadow was used to blend out the edges of the brown.  Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle was applied to the upper lash line over the brown shadow.  Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill mono eyeshadow was used right at the edge of Baltic Blue Sparkle and smudge upwards.
  • Bobbi Brown Camel Eyeshadow was used in the crease and lower lash line.
  • Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in 602 Viper was the lip color of the day–I like, I don’t love.
Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Golden Bronze Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Golden Bronze Sparkle.

  • For the above look, the same eyeshadow colors were used (with the exception of Armani Navy) in the same manner, but blended further for a more natural effect.
  • Bobbi Brown Taupe Eyeshadow Stick (repeat purchase–can’t be without) was used on the lower waterline and BB Camel was used in the crease and lower lash line.
  • Vincent Longo Copperkiss Bronzer and Sandalwood Blush (here) was used (long time love for both and highly recommended).
  • Lip Combo consists of Colourpop Bff2 liner with Jouer Creme Brulee topped lightly in the center of the lips with Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux (all favorites). 
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner ingredient list.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner ingredient list.

**Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle are found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Lord &Taylor, bobbibrown.com, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would legitimately declare, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liners are an amazing investment.  Granted the price is over the top, but its imperative to keep an eye out for sales.  I purchase this duo during BB’s 20% off friends and family sale.  Another great alternative is shopping at the CCO, where I happily procured two backups of Baltic Blue Sparkle ($24).  I know this is not an act Marie Kondo would approve, but at least I did not buy all the colors, and I won’t.  Even this old dog can learn new tricks.   🙂

Until next time, be well, stay safe, and surround yourself with items and people who “Spark Joy“.

-Maria

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Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish review and swatches.

Pur Caviar

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Try as I must, I cannot steer clear of shimmery eyeshadows.  My head realizes my maturing eyelids are best suited for satin and matte shades, but my heart will always skip a beat at the sight of glitter/shimmer in shadows.  My personal preference for the reflective variety will always remain with cream shadow formulations.  The smoother application, longevity, richer pigment, crease-free wear, no shimmer fall down and increased amount is very difficult to find in powder formulas.  Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish ($26 USD/8mL) delivers on all of the above–the gorgeous dark pigment paired with golden shimmers is enough to awaken the sallowest of appearances.  I hope you enjoy.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

The Pros to PUR Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish:

  1. Rich dark blackened base is incredibly concentrated.
  2. Abundant warm golden shimmer feels undetectable.
  3. Damp mousse-like texture applies smoothly without skipping.
  4. Can be applied with fingers, brushes (synthetic or natural) and accompanying silicone applicator.
  5. Formula feels cooling on initial application and dries down within 20-30 seconds.
  6. Once dried, the color does not budge–over a primer.
  7. The tiniest amount is needed for rich color payoff.
  8. Can be layered for an intense metallic look.
  9. Due to the dark nature of Caviar, this color can be used as an eyeliner as well.
  10. When worn as an eyeliner, the line remained in perfect condition for 12 hours.
  11. Powder eyeshadows layer well over Caviar.
  12. NO glitter/shimmer fallout.
  13. Depending on lighting, color shifts from a deep brown to a rich forest green.
  14. Removes easily with any makeup remover.
  15. Come is six permanent shades:  Cashmere (champagne) , Satin (rose gold), Silk (coppery bronze), Velvet (burgundy purple), Suede (rich brown), and Caviar.
  16. Formulated without parabens, or mineral oil.
  17. Made in the USA.

The Cons to PUR Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish:

  1. Odd packaging contains a cloth-like net/mesh right at the opening.  Seems a bit unnecessary and makes for awkward product pickup.
  2. Even though I did not experience fallout, I did notice glitter migration toward my crease area–could be a problem for hooded eyes.
  3. Shimmers become disturbed when blending powder shadows too vigorously.  I would suggest to PAT powder shadow on top.
  4. Shimmers also tend to shift if eyes are touched.
  5. Product has a history of drying out–5 out 6 in-store testers were dried out.  Be sure to tightly close the pot and store upside down after use.
  6. Formula has to be store upside down or knocked against the palms of the hand to get product to the surface of the mesh.
  7. The accompanying silicone applicator is too stiff and large to accommodate the angle of the pot’s opening and contours of the eye.
Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish with included silicone applicator.

  • My main criticism lies with the odd packaging.  The mesh covering does not seem to have a specific purpose, other than to appear distinctive compared to other brands.  In this day and age, where we have seen it all, some products can get lost in the mix if the packaging is unassuming.  I certainly can appreciate the company’s desire to make their product stand out, but a squeeze tube, (although not the most exciting) would have made a better delivery system.
Pur Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish swatches (taken without flash).

  • As you can tell, Caviar is rather deep.  The blackened base is hardly noticeable because of the abundance of shimmers.  Predictably, the golden shimmers transform this color into a forest green shade that will suit any skin tone.
  • I found fingers and a concealer brush to be the best tools for application.  Although the above swatches show the silicone brush to be a suitable applicator, I can assure you the stiff composition does not hug the curvature of the eye socket very well, which leads to uneven results.  My old Sigma concealer brush is flexible enough to pick up product from the mesh and distribute an even coat on the skin.
Pur Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish used on the upper lash line as an eyeliner.

  • As mentioned, Caviar makes an amazing eyeliner.  I absolutely love the effect when worn over a black liner or even on its own (as shown above).  The golden shimmers have a brightening effect on the eyes and give the illusion of a more awakened look.
  • A dense, short hair brush like the Wayne Goss 21 Eyebrow brush, or Bobbi Brown Fine Eyeliner brush picks up color very well.  Patting motions, instead of dragging motions also help deposit a more opaque/shimmery line across the upper lash line.
Pur Cosmetics Caviar

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish applied on the mobile lid.

  • The above photo shows the full effect of Caviar when worn all over the lid (over a clear primer). This look is not for the faint hearted, the heaps of golden shimmer was in full force, a look best reserved for nights out rather than the office or PTA meetings.  Granted, you can wear what you want, when you want, but on my larger lids, the look (although fierce) was a bit overwhelming.
  • I have read reviews stating this eye polish is difficult to remove, but I vehemently disagree.  My dual action makeup remover eliminated all traces of pigment and shimmer with minimal effort.  In fact, water was the only thing used to remove Caviar from my brush.
Pur eye polish

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish smudged over a dark brown shadow along the upper lash line (photo taken indoors on a cloudy day).

Ingredients for Pur Caviar Eye Polish:

Caviar: Aqua, Polysilicone-11, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Mica, Bis-PEG-8 Dimethicone, Carbomer, Laureth-12, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Silica, 1,2-Hexandiol, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

 

**Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish is found at Ulta.com and purcosmetics.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish has won over my girly-girl side.  The rich opaque blackened base, combined with the exquisite golden shimmers and amazing longevity is enough to satisfy my urge for drama.  Will you be indulging in one of the colors?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant review.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant.

As you can imagine, I have a overabundance of lipsticks in my collection.  My favorite formulas are satin and comfortable mattes–especially the liquid lipstick variety.  However, as we have come to expect, the matte liquid lipstick range is not the most obliging formulation for mature lips.  I have had the fortune of trying some really good brands, but Chanel Rouge Allure Inks ($37 USD/ 6mL.) in 154 Experiemente and 150 Luxuriant take the cake.  The creamy formula, gradual dry time, comfortable wear and elegant packaging is my idea of the perfect lipstick–or very close to it.  I hope you enjoy.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant.

Packaging:

  • As the photo above shows, both applicators are identical; the concave design is wonderful for hugging the lips to achieve unbelievable color adhesion.  The slightly angled curved tip is ideal for outlining the lip line, to achieve a fuller looking lip.  Unlike some independent liquid lipstick companies, whose applicators can demonstrate slight variations, Chanel’s applicator is the epitome of rigorous quality control and refinement.  The acutely cut fibers pick-up a substantial amount of pigment to last for one application.  IMHO, everything from the frosted glass tube, to the secure click closure, to the golden double “C” top is an example of well thought-out packaging design.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant heavy swatch freshly applied.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant swatch after 20 minutes.

Formula:

  • As mentioned in my previous review of 140 Amoureux (reviewed here), the formula is superbly creamy and glossy on initial application.  Some my argue, the consistency has a bit too much slip, but speaking from a purely mature perspective, I truly appreciate the supple nature of this formula.
  • Unlike regular mainstream matte liquid lipsticks, Chanel Rouge Allure Inks do not dry immediately and do not feel uncomfortable throughout the day.  The dry down time is roughly twenty (20) minutes, giving the wearer enough time to manipulate the shape and color.  At this point, I did not experience transfer; I was able to kiss my children without leaving an imprint on their cheeks and drink without seeing lipstick marks on the rim of the glass.
  • The creamy nature of Chanel Rouge Allure Inks melds easily with any lipliner to alter the overall color should the mood strike.  This chameleon-like quality makes this formula so versatile. Not only can one add a liner to change the color/tone, but the lipsticks themselves blend beautifully with each other to create a new shade.
  • Another alluring quality of this formula has to do with the level in which the color can layer on itself.  Whenever, I feel the need for more moisture throughout the day, an additional layer provides hydration and revitalizes the color.  Unlike, traditional matte liquid lipsticks, the outcome is not caky or unbearable, rather smooth, comfortable, non-feathering and vibrant.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink.

Chanel 154 Experimente Rouge Allure Ink.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant.

 Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant with Chanel Lip Definer 96 on the outer edges of the lips.

Application and Wear:

  • For the above looks, I lined the perimeter of the lips with Chanel Lip Definer in 96 Acajou. For these looks I was not intending to alter the color (I wanted to show true color representation), rather I wanted to even out my asymmetrical upper lip.  Should I have wanted a deeper hue, all I had to do was fill-in the entire lip area with the liner prior to lipstick application.
  • My preferred method of application is to lightly line my enter lip with liner prior to lipstick.  This not only gives me an adequate blueprint for color placement, but the liner acts as an absorbent base, initiating the lipstick’s mattifying properties.  This technique also makes this formula last so much longer.
  • Both colors applied evenly on initial application.  To achieve rich color payoff, two layers are required; waiting a minute between layers gives optimal results.  Admittedly, 150 Luxuriant is my favorite of these two colors.  154 Experimente is undoubtably lovely, but presently, I prefer the brightening effect of 150 Luxuriant against my complexion.
  • In all honesty, both colors wear longer than 140 Amoureux, however, this is not unheard of when it comes to darker shades.  In my experience, these colors stain the lips slightly and wipe off using a bit more effort than 140 Amoureux.  This is not to imply a makeup remover is needed (thank goodness), rather to highlight their resilient quality.
  • The colors last a solid four (4) hours (this will vary based on individual skin chemistry) before a slight drying sensation is felt.  At this point, an additional layer is added simply to combat dryness and to refresh the overall vibrancy of the color.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink ingredient list

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant ingredient lists.

 

**Chanel Rouge Allure Inks are sold at Nordstrom, Saks, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, chanel.com, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would reiterate my previous assessment–Chanel Rouge Allure Inks are fabulous.  The incredibly creamy application, gradual dry-time, quality packaging, comfortable wear, versatile formula and vibrant pigment is heavenly for my maturing lips.  My only grievance is with the limited color selection–eight (8) colors in all.  I really wish the brand would expand the range to include more browny nudes and plums in the line.  However, should this day ever come, my wallet will weep uncontrollably–tears of joy of course.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *This post does not contain affiliate store links. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be used for any other social media and/or publications.*

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power review and swatches.

MAC Spellbound

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

MAC Spellbound

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

Anyone who enjoys makeup, has had a love/hate relationship with eyeshadow pigments.  The color saturation is love at first swipe, but the unpressed messy format leaves much to be desired.  MAC Chocolate Brown (discontinued), was my first pigment, the rich warm brown color was euphoric; the smooth texture and seamless blending was enough to hook me for life.  Everything was going swimmingly until, my jar inexplicably made sudden contact with my pristine beige carpet.  Since that tragic day, a self-imposed ban on pigment purchases was immediately enforced.  Luckily, MAC Spellbound Shadows ($22 USD/.8 g.) magnetized ionized pigments are said to, “cling to lids like velvet,” all the while remain in perfect form, without spillage.  Will these new incarnations attract or repel my attention?  You’ll see.  I hope you enjoy!

MAC Spellbound

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

The Pros to Mac Spellbinder Shadows:

  1. Incredibly rich color.
  2. Blackened base color is combined with color pigments.
  3. Ionized pigments are magnetically charged and do not spill out of the container–even when turned upside down–metal plate at the base of the pigment keeps everything contained.
  4. Wave pattern returns to its original design, simply by taping the jar gently on any surface.
  5. Superb color saturation when used with a brush–flat synthetic or natural hair brushes work equally as well.
  6. Patting motions are a must for optimal color payoff.
  7. Very little product is needed.
  8. Can be used with a dampened brush for more intense results–although, not necessary.
  9. Removes easily without staining the skin.
  10. Performs spectacularly when placed over sticker bases, (i.e., shade sticks or glitter glue).
  11. Product is contained in a matte black glass jar.
  12. Very minimal, if not any, fall out.
  13. Magnetized pigments are easily wiped off skin.
  14. Formula does not contain parabens, or mineral oil.
  15. Comes in eight dark colors–part of the permanent collection.
  16. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Mac Spellbinder Shadows:

  1. The price/amount ratio of Spellbound Shadows ($22 USD/ .8 g) in comparison to regular MAC pigments ($22 USD/ 4.5 g) is highway robbery.
  2. Both colors have quite a noticeable reflective finish–clearly not for the office or mature lids.
  3. Formula does not apply well at all with fingers.
  4. Unlike regular pigments, Spellbinder Shadows do not adhere after blending–they will basically wipe off on the second swipe.
  5. On bare lids, the lasting power is roughly seven (7) hours before fading occurred–when placed over an eyeshadow stick (BB Taupe or MAC Long Wear Color Stick) the pigment lasted all day.
  6. Hooded eyes will experience color transfer due to the lightweight texture.
  7. When used damp, the color did not seem to adhere as securely as when used dry.  Color migrated up towards my orbital bone.
  8. This formula seems better suited for mobile lid use.  Crease work requires blending and these blend out into nothing.
  9. Opaque black container is chic, but specific color is not easily determined.
  10. Collection lacks lighter shades.
MAC Dynamically Charged

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Dynamically Charged.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Dynamically Charged

  • Dynamically Charged is admittedly, one of the most gorgeous taupe brown colors.  The intense finish hovers on the metallic side.  This is a great shade for all eye colors and most assuredly, for those who are looking to make a dramatic statement.  Personally, I have only applied this color to the mobile lid, but if one does not want that level of intensity, this can easily be utilized in the outer corners to add depth to any eye look.
  • In my experience, color migrated up toward my orbital bone when used with a dampened brush. Even though the pigment appeared more saturated in this state, the adhesion was somewhat compromised.  I can only deduce the technology/additional ingredients behind the ionized pigment formula are somewhat disturbed when dampened.
MAC Higher Power.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power.

  • Higher Power is a burgundy/purple shade that will look particularly striking against lighter eye colors.  On my deep-set lids, this shade is very dark and sultry.  Paired with my brown eyes, the look can undoubtedly appear too overdone.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, in retrospect, my twenty-something self would have sported this shade everyday.  Presently, my forty-something self is rather content using this beauty as an outer corner color (see photos below).
MAC Spellbound

Wearing MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

MAC Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

Wearing MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

  • For the above look, Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow was patted on the mobile lid, over MAC Pro Long Wear Waterproof Stick in Sand Bar.  Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow was patted gently on the outer corners to add a bit more dimension.  Bobbi Brown Shade Stick in Taupe was applied on the lower waterline, with Chanel Calligraphie Gel liner (reviewed here) on the upper lash line.  Bobbi Brown Camel was placed thickly on the lower lash line and topped with a bronze shade from Eve Pearl Au Natural palette.  The lightest shade from the EP palette was also placed in the inner corners to lighten the look.
  • Lip combo is Colourpop Brink liner with Chanel 140 Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink (reviewed here).
MAC Spellbinder Shadow ingredients

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ingredient list.

 

**MAC Spellbinder Shadows are found at Nordstrom, Saks, Macys, maccosmetics.com, and anywhere MAC products are sold.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you MAC Spellbinder Shadows are some of the most innovative and bedazzling new releases in a long while.  The beautiful smoky essence of each shade and unique packaging is enough to make any one fall in lust.  The instant adoration is however, quickly brought to an abrupt reality by the cost/amount ratio, delicate nature of application and longevity.  Bottom line, for my personal routine, one color would have sufficed.  Are you tempted by these?  If so, which color is on your radar?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *This post contains affiliate store links. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack review.

Chanel Eyeliner

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack.

If there is one makeup item (well maybe five) I will not go without, it is black eyeliner.  On my deep-set, drooping eyelids, eyeliner is essential in helping to create the illusion of lifted elongated lids.  At any given time, a myriad of different formulas (i.e. gel, creams, liquids, pencils) are on hand for daily use.  IMHO, the most reliable, cost-effect, and flattering formulation are the gel/cream variety.  So when Chanel debuted their first “gel” eyeliner ever, Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack ($35 USD/ 4 g.), IMCT was all over it like stink on a monkey.  Will this luxurious creation set itself apart from the rest–or should Chanel stick with perfumes, eyeshadows, and lipsticks–OH MY!!  I hope you enjoy.

Chanel Eyeliner

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack.

Chanel Eyeliner

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack.

Chanel Eyeliner

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack.

The Pros to Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack.

  1. Extremely creamy formula glides on the lids with the greatest of ease.
  2. Comes housed in the Chanel signature glass pot–just like their Illusion de Ombre shadows.
  3. Comes with the niftiest capped eyeliner brush that works well in a pinch and is travel friendly.
  4. Rich black color is evident on the first swipe.
  5. Can be built-up without skipping or flaking.
  6. Layers well over and under liquid eyeliners, eyeshadow, and other gel liners.
  7. Soft malleable formula spreads out easily to use as an eyeshadow.
  8. Amazing lasting power if left untouched.
  9. Satin finish morphs into a matte finish within seconds.
  10. Can be used for tight lining, as long as if not placed too closely to the watery edge.
  11. Removes easily with your standard makeup remover–no tugging or scrubbing required.
  12. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  13. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Chanel de Chanel Calligraphie Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack.

  1. NOT Waterproof–if your eyes are prone to tearing, this formula will smudge if disturbed.
  2. Has a slight tacky feel, this is especially noticeable if you habitually touch your eyes throughout the day–no bueno during allergy season.
  3. Not for waterline use.
  4. Larger opening may cause the product to dry out easier.
  5. Based on my experience with tearing, oily and/or hooded eyes may encounter some issues as well.
Chanel Eyeliner

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack.

Chanel cream eyeliner swatch

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack swatch.

  • As you can tell from the swatches above, the liner is extremely black and smooth.  This richness easily transfers to the skin in one swipe.
Chanel Calligraphie Eyeliner brush

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack brush.

Chanel Calligraphie brush.

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack brush.

  • The accompanying brush works surprisingly well at applying a thin smooth line across the lash line.  As an added bonus, the cap connects to the base to elongate the handle for comfortable and easy application.

 

Chanel Hyperblack ingredient list.

Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack ingredient list.

Gel/Cream Eyeliner Comparisons:

Chanel Calligraphie Eyeliner

Gel/Cream Eyeliner Comparisons:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liner, Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel, Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner.

Chanel Calligraphie Cream Eyeliner

Gel/Cream Eyeliner Comparisons:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liner, Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel, Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner (freshly applied).

  • As you tell from the photos above, all three liners are deeply black and vibrant.  Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place is a touch warmer than the others.  All contestants deposited a rich line with minimal layering.  The significant difference comes into place in the photos below.
Chanel Calligraphie cream Liner

Gel/Cream Eyeliner Comparisons:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liner, Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel, Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner (after 30 minutes).

  • The photos above demonstrate the liners’ malleability after thirty (30) minutes of dry down time. The swatches were swiped heavily with my finger, from right to left.  Clinique Liner was the worst offender by showing severe flaking and movement.  Estee Lauder Double Wear and Chanel had minimum smudging, if not any–I suspect Clinique’s flakes attached themselves on the other two swatches.
Chanel Calligraphie Cream Liner.

Gel/Cream Eyeliner Comparisons:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liner, Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel, Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner (overnight).

  • The last set of photos was taken just as further proof of Calligraphie’s impressive adhesion properties.  The same swatches were left overnight in the presence of constant friction.  Chanel indisputably outlasted the other two under these extreme, yet relatively, dry conditions.
Chanel Calligraphie 65 Hyperbalck v Maybelline Eyestudio Blackest Black

Chanel Calligraphie 65 Hyperbalck v Maybelline Eyestudio Blackest Black.

  • As a final comparison, I went out and purchased Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black, because so many Youtubers swear by this gel liner.  The photos above show how the liners performed after I smeared my finger across the swatches (in both directions) after a fifteen (15) minute dry time. Chanel remained untouched, yet glossy (due to my moisturizer), but Maybelline smudged instantly–needless to say, its going back.
 Chanel 65 Hyperblack.

Wearing Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack.

  • Despite these amazing results, Calligraphie de Chanel is susceptible to smudging in the outer and inner corners when eyes are tearing.  This can be especially concerning during colder months (tearing and all), weddings, and allergy season.  When it comes to this liner, I have learned to keep my wing as far upwards as possible, avoiding the moist outer “v” section.  In addition, I also refrain from lining my eyes too close to the inner corners.
Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Hyperblack.

Wearing Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack.

 

**Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner 65 Hyperblack is found at Sakes, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, chanel.com, and anywhere Chanel cosmetics are sold–which is in every department store, even Century 21.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel is a lovely liner with some strings attached.  If you enjoy intense color payoff, smooth application, flawless results, fantastic adhesion and are blessed without tearing eyes, then this liner is for you.  As for myself, I really love the color intensity and am fully aware of the pitfalls of my relationship with this liner.  This product reminds me of that “friend” we have all encountered at one point in our lives–you know the one who flatters with false praise, is self-centered, and completely incapable of admitting fault.  Calligraphie is such a “friend“–she’s pretty, but proceed with caution.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *This post contains affiliate store links. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 review and swatches.

Laura Mercier Candleglow 1

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

If you have been following the latest makeup trend, setting/finishing powders seem to dominate the scope of the conversation.  Regardless if the powder is loose or compressed, the hunt for the perfect luminous–but not too luminous powder, appears as improbably as the Holy Grail itself.  In my case, I was seeking a finishing powder that had some peachy warmth, with a stain finish, did not cake, was in compact form, lightweight, paraben and mineral oil-free, and reasonably priced.  Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 ($38 USD/9 g.) has successfully checked all of my boxes.  If a soft, sophisticated, diffused complexion is at the top of your list, then this powder is assuredly for you.  I hope you enjoy!

Laura Mercier Candleglow 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 ingredient list.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 ingredient list.

The Pros to Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1:

  1. Extremely lightweight in feel and application.
  2. Smooth silk-like formula glides on the skin and sets makeup for the duration of the day.
  3. Coverage/luminosity can be adjusted depending on the brush used.
  4. Can be layered without looking caky.
  5. The Candleglow shade range is more skin tone relatable compared to other ambient powders on the market.
  6. Gentle–and I mean gentle–radiant finish looks healthy and not overdone on my dry skin.
  7. Formula does not contain any shimmer.
  8. The peachy hue compliments light/medium olive complexions without looking ashy.
  9. Compact is stylish and not as bulky as the other powder compacts within the LM line.
  10. Distortion-free mirror comes with a protective hardened plastic cover to keep powder kick up from muddling the mirror.
  11. Can be used as a neutral wash of color on the eyelids.
  12. Formulated WITHOUT oil, talc, silica, parabens, or mineral oil–it’s about time.
  13. Does not flashback in flash photography.
  14. Comes in six (6) shades.
  15. Made in Italy–Bravo!!

The Cons to Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder:

  1. Despite the sheer nature of shade one (1), the palest complexions may still find the peach tone too dark/warm–an in-store visit is highly advisable.
  2. The powder seems to constrict easily after brush use, making it slightly challenging to get product on a brush subsequent times.  I usually run my finger across the surface of the powder to dislodge any residual compression caused by the pouncing motion of my brush.  Instead of wiping the excess powder off my finger with a cloth, I use the powder to highlight the cheekbone area.
  3. Formula does add a bit of extra depth to the skin.  I really enjoy the effect, some may not.
  4. Oiler complexions may find the slight luminosity counter productive.
  5. Clearly, not for those seeking a matte powder.
Laura Mercier Candleglow 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

  • As you can tell from the photo above, shade one (1), the lightest shade in the range, is very sheer even when applied heavily to the skin.  The distinct peach color is perfect for those who have golden or olive undertones.  On my dry skin, Candleglow 1 does add an extra bit of coloring, giving my complexion a healthier appearance.  In my experience, this powder truly combats the inherent sallowness olive skins are commonly prone to experiencing during the winter months.

Ambient Powder Comparison:

Ambient Powder Comparison

Ambient Powder Comparison:
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 vs Hourglass Diffused Light.

Hourglass Diffused Light

Ambient Powder Comparison:
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 vs Hourglass Diffused Light.

  • As you can tell from the swatches above, the difference in coloring between the two powders is quite drastic.  To start with, LM Candleglow 1 appears to adjust to my coloring more so than Hourglass Diffused Light (reviewed here).  In the past, I was able to pull-off Diffused Light without any issues, but now as I have grown a bit older (yikes!!), my skin does not take to this powder very well.  Hourglass Dim Light would have been a better alternative, but the tone of that color made my skin appear more sickly and tired–go figure.
  • Laura Mercier took her time creating more realistic skin tone shades that truly do enhance rather than mask the complexion.  In addition, Candleglow 1 does not contain silica, which as we all know at this point, is one of the ingredients (along with titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, silver mica, and shimmer) that causes photo flashback.  As a friendly word of caution, if you go overboard applying Diffused Light, not only would the skin take on an ashy appearance (which I has happened to me), but flashback will undoubtedly rear its ugly little head should you be photographed.
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 on the mobile lid

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 on the mobile lid.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 on the mobile lid, brow bone, cheekbone and blended all over the face as a finishing powder.

  • For the above photo, Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 worked as a finishing powder all over the face using the buffing technique (explained here), as an eyeshadow on the mobile lids, and as a cheek and brow bone highlight.
  • The Wayne Goss Airbrush brush (here) is normally utilized if I want light coverage and the Tom Ford Cheek brush (here) works beautifully if my mood dictates a more ample finish.  For the above look, the Wayne Goss Airbrush brush did a lovely job at diffusing my overall look, despite the fact I was suffering from a nasty cold.  As for the rest of my face, the Chikuhodo Z-5 (here) was used to apply the color to the lids and my finger worked perfectly for depositing color to the cheekbone area.

**Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 is available at Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks, LauraMercier.com, and etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 was love at first swipe. The sheer lightweight finish, compatible coloring, soft focus effect, versatile coverage and stylish compact has restored my use of powders in my daily routine.  So enamored am I with this formula, a plot to purchase the deepest shade to utilize as a bronzer is well under way–mind you I just purchased Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder 3.  Hopefully, 2017 will give me the restraint that was clearly lacking in 2016.   Nah...I mean how else will I maintain my Sephora VIB Rouge status?  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful NEW YEAR!!

-Maria

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Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude and Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux review and swatches.

Chanel 140 Amoureux

Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude and Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux.

It has been some time since I invested in a designer lip liner.  As many of you know, I am quite content with Colourpop’s Lippie Pencils.  The affordability and creamy application has kept my wandering eye under strict control.  However, even my level-headed sensibilities were immediately compromised when faced with a newly remodeled Chanel counter.  The freshly revealed testers, immaculate displays, contemporary design and those dastardly double C’s, beckoned me to purchase, Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude ($31 USD/ 1.2 g) and Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux ($37 USD/ 6 mL).  This delicious couple is one of the most successful impulse purchases in a long while.  If you are a bride-to-be, young lady attending a formal event, or generally want to look all out fabulous, then this combo is for you.  I hope you enjoy!

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Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude and Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux swatches.

Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude:

Chanel 05 Nude

Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude.

Chanel 05 Mordore Nude Lip Definer.

Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude.

  • Chanel 05 Mordore Nude is not your typical nude shade.  This color contains ultra fine bronze shimmer that gives the color a slight metallic feel.  Normally, I would associate this type of color as a throwback to the 80’s, but surprisingly 05 Mordore Nude looks very modern and polished.  On my lips, the color translates to a rich bronzy mauve brown.  The texture is very smooth, but the application is not as creamy as expected.  With that being said, the formula applies easier on bare lips as opposed to when a residual layer of foundation or lip balm is on the lips.
  • The adhesion properties of Chanel’s Lip Definer formula is amazing.  This is the type of lip liner that bonds to the skin securely when given the chance to set.  Within a minute, the color becomes non-transferable and does not thicken or settle in lip lines over time.
  • If you are a minimalist, a layer of 05 Mordore Nude topped with some gloss or lip balm would work beautifully for any occasion or makeup look.
  • The neutral deeper tone works well with lighter and darker lipsticks alike.  In fact, when lipstick color fades, 05 Mordore Nude seems to linger strongly leaving lips feeling hydrated and smooth.  Truthfully speaking, a single application will last the entire day.   The old adage of, “you get what you pay for” is certainly befitting in this case.  
Chanel 05 Nude Lip Definer.

Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude.

  • Chanel Lip Definers have a double-ended design with metal caps.  The traditional pencil type liner has a structured ridged cap, while the lip brush end has a smooth tapered cap.  This slight differentiation makes uncapping the correct side so much easier on busy mornings.
Chanel 05 Nude Lip Definer.

Chanel 05 Nude Lip Definer brush tip.

  • Generally speaking, I’m not the biggest fan of brush tips on lip liners; the bristles are too flaccid and pointed for my liking.
Chanel Lip Definer.

Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude sharpener.

  • As with most higher-end lip liners, Chanel does provide a separate sharpener in the package for convenience.  This sharpener works well and its compact nature easily nestles in the smallest of makeup bags.  Admittedly for the price, a capped sharpener would have been a more ideal option.
Chanel ingredient list

Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude ingredient list.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux:

Chanel 140 Amoureux

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux.

Chanel 140 Amoureux

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux freshly applied on bare lips.

  • Chanel 140 Amoureux is the lightest of the eight colors offered in the brand’s new matte liquid lipstick range.  Right off the bat, I will declare I ♥ this lipstick.  This is not your typical matte liquid lipstick; this offering is silky smooth, hydrating, lightweight, layers incredibly well, and non-feathering.  On my slightly mature lips, these characteristics have become essential, especially this time of year.
  • Amoureux is a delicate warm beige pink.  Against my olive complexion, the color is a bit too pale for my liking, but I can see those with lighter skin tones and less dominant features sporting this shade without any issue.  Since my lips are slightly asymmetrical, I prefer to even out the shape and deepen the color with 05 Mordore Nude prior to filling in with 140 Amoureux.
  • As noted in the photo above, the initial finish is not completely matte, more along the lines of a glossy/satin texture.  Within an hour, the glossiness dissipates and a matte appearance develops.  When worn on its own the color lasted well for 4-5 hours, dependent on eating, drinking and speaking.  I did experience slight color transfer, but not as severe as a traditional tube lipstick or gloss.
  • When paired with Chanel’s Lip Definer, the color affixed itself with the liner instantly and took on a more durable quality.  In my experience, Amoureux’s glossiness vanished when I vigorously rubbed my lips together to meld the lipstick with the liner.  However, when Amoureux was reapplied throughout the day (over the Lip Definer), the color instantly mattified without any coaxing in less than a minute.
  • The heavily silicone based formula seems to get absorbed quickly into the liner.  After the four-hour mark, my lips never felt dry, but I still had an inexplicable urge to reapply.  Perhaps, the formula’s soothing, silk-like feel made the whole experience more pleasurable; the color settled without caking, feathering or looking shabby.
Chanel 140 Amoureux.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux.

Chanel 140 Amoureux ingredient list.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux ingredient list.

  • The transparent frosted glass case is a wonderful departure from the line’s typical opaque black glass design.  Being able to see the progression of use makes repurchasing so much more predictable.
  • The applicator is not gimmicky, rather a well constructed concave doe foot head with precisely cut fibers–simple and effective.
  • To my senses, when 140 Amoureux is on bare lips, there is a very faint floral fragrance.  When worn over 05 Mordore Nude Lip Definer, the scent is hardly noticeable.
  • The ingredients do boast some natural offerings amongst a sea of artificial components (e.g. Jojoba oil, Jojoba Esters, Sweet Almond oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, and Caesalpinia Sappan Bark Extract–used instead of Carmine, but Carmine is still listed as an ingredient).  
Chanel

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux and 05 Nude Lip Definer.

 

**Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude and Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux are available at SaksFifthAvenue.com, and anywhere Chanel cosmetics are sold–which is practically every department store imaginable.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Chanel Lip Definer 05 Mordore Nude and Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux are stellar formulations and worth every single hard-earned penny.  Colourpop’s Lippie Pencils are creamy and smooth but, the lasting power of Chanel’s formula is undeniably in a higher league. Rest assured, more colors will be coming my way soon enough.  On my hit list: Lip Definer 96 Acajou and Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente.  Hopefully, the hubby is reading and gets the not-so-subtle hint.  🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette review and swatches.

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Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette.

Matte eyeshadows have to be the most versatile eyeshadow finish.  Everyone, from the young to the more mature can easily utilize these shadows to create some of the most flattering looks possible.  Keeping this philosophy in mind, gave me the much needed incentive to invest in Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette ($80 USD/ 24 g.).  Lets face it, a girl can never have too many neutral eyeshadows at her disposal…or can she (eyebrow raised)?  I hope you enjoy.

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Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette.

The Pros to Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette:

  1. An exquisite array of warm toned matte shades.
  2. Each pan contains 2 grams of product, roughly costing $6.66 per shadow–around the same cost, if not better than, Makeup Geek ($6 USD/ 1.8 g) and MAC Cosmetics ($6 USD/ 1.3 g pro palette refill) eyeshadows.  If you can get this palette during the Sephora VIB sale or other promotional incentives, then the cost will be considerably less.
  3. Shadows come housed in a sturdy no-nonsense plastic case with a convenient see-through top; ideal for makeup artists.  I especially love the makeup artist chair logo discreetly placed in the center.
  4. Texture of each shadow is buttery soft–not dry or flaky.
  5. Each color can be used wet (with water) without leaving behind a hard-pan.
  6. Colors blend seamlessly over cream bases without any patchiness.
  7. Highly concentrated pigment means minimal product is consumed.
  8. Darker colors have a staining effect when removed.
  9. Due to the quality, colors do not get muddy when overlapped.
  10. No fading or creasing over a primer after a 12 hour day.
  11. Colors can be used to fill in eyebrows and for facial contouring.
  12. Contains minimal ingredients sans parabens or mineral oil.
  13. Made in France in small batches–Oui, oui madame.

The Cons to Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette:

  1. Colors are not overly unique–aka: highly dupable.
  2. First ingredient is talc–good or bad you decide.
  3. Personally, I could have done without all the mid-tone browns in the palette.
  4. IMHO, the palette is missing a camel transition shade like Bobbi Brown’s Camel/ Colourpop Flutes (reviewed here).
  5. Due to the soft texture, powder kick-up is inevitable (especially with the darker shades) if a brush is pressed too firmly in the pan.
  6. Names are not given to the colors–a bit irksome when detailing a look.
  7. Depending on the retail location, there is a slight formula discrepancy.
Viseart 01 Neutral

Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette.

Viseart swatches

Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette first row swatches.

  • The first color is a deep peach shade, ideal as a transition color for lighter complexions.  On my coloring, this shade looks lovely when worn plainly on the lid with some liner and mascara.
  • The second color is a cool peach, this hue is my favorite from the three offered.  I prefer to use this as an all over lid color to hide my veining and provide a smooth surface for the rest of my colors.
  • The third color is the lightest peach of this trio.  When combined with the white, the resulting shade is perfect for the inner corners and under the brow bone.  Those with pale complexions can utilize this color as an all over lid color.
  • The fourth color is a creamy and concentrated white shade, with a hint of a beige undertone.  A light hand is highly advisable with this beauty.
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Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette second row swatches.

  • The first color is a deep rich espresso brown, quite striking when applied and blended along the lash line.  However, this shade is especially prone to powder kick-up.
  • The second color is a prominent rust shade that holds its intensity rather well, even when blended over other colors.
  • The third color is a warm chocolate-brown shade.  This color works well with the neighboring rust shade in the outer corners for a minimal, yet defined look.
  • The last shade is cooler in feel and works well as a crease/transition shade.
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Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette third row swatches.

  • The first color is a deep black shade.  The formula is dense and blends without any skipping or patchiness.
  • The second color is a buttery soft true gray–this does not lean on the blue side.
  • The third color is a taupe brown hue, which works well as an eyebrow color if you have dark brows like myself.  I also like to combine the last shade in the second row to create a delicate facial contour shade.
  • To my eye, this last brown shade is a combination of the last two brown shadows from the second row.  Overall, this final row feels slightly more creamy and polished than the second row.
 Viseart 01

Look 1: Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette (photo taken early afternoon on an overcast day).

**Bare Minerals 5-1 cream shadow in Candlelit Peach (here) was used as a primer for all the looks.**

  • For the above look, I placed the second peach shade, from the first row, all over my lid.
  • The last brown shade in the second row was blended in my crease and over my protruding orbital bone.
  • The black shade was then placed on the lash line and blended upwards in a wedge shape.
  • The gray shade was then placed on the outer edge of the black to blend out any harsh edges and transition the color upwards.
  • Taking a combination of the third and fourth color from the first row, I highlighted under my brow bone and inner corner.
  • The lower lash line was lined with the same shade as the crease and then topped with my favorite shimmery copper shade, MAC Coil.
  • Lastly, the fourth shadow in the second row was used ever so lightly to contour the upper portion of my nose.
Viseart 01

Look 2: Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette (photo taken on a very cloudy day indoors).

  • For the above look, I kept the look rather simple and quick.  I placed the second peach shade all over my mobile lid.
  • The last brown in the second row was used in the crease and blended up and over my orbital bone.
  • The third shade in the last row was used on the outer “v” and blended slightly into the crease.
  • The last two shades in the top row, were used for the inner corners and topped with a tad bit of MAC Crystal Avalanche shadow.
  • The lower lash line was lined with the same shade as the crease and then topped with my favorite shimmery copper shade, MAC Coil.
  • Lastly, the fourth shadow in the second row, was used ever so lightly to contour the upper portion of my nose.
Viseart Neutral

Look 3: Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette (photo taken on a very sunny day indoors).

  • For the above look, I placed the second peach shade, from the first row, all over my lid.
  • The third brown shade in the second row was placed lightly in the crease and blended upwards.
  • A combination of the second and third shade, from the second row, was placed delicately in the outer corners.
  • The espresso shade from the second row was applied heavily along the upper lash line and blended upwards.
  • The last shade in the second row was used delicately to blend out any harsh edges of the espresso shade.
  • Taking a combination of the third and fourth color from the first row, I highlighted under my brow bone and inner corner.
  • The lower lash line was lined with Bobbi Brown Camel and then topped with my favorite shimmery copper shade, MAC Coil.
Viseart ingredient list.

Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Palette ingredient list.

 

**Viseart Eye Palettes are found at Camera Ready Cosmetics, Sephora, BeautylishFrendsBeauty, and Muse Beauty Pro.  I purchased this palette from Camera Ready Cosmetics, which to my knowledge is in keeping with the original formulation.  They offer 10% off on your first order, free shipping over $35 and no tax if you reside outside of Texas (no affiliation).**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Palette is definitely worth purchasing.  The quality, versatile everyday neutrals, and amount given certainly makes a great addition to everyone’s collection. With that being said, should you find yourself in the familiar position of having dupes for this palette, fear not, Viseart offers other colorful, more unique palettes to lust after.  🙂  Personally, the dark matte palette is calling my name.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise review and photos.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

Charlotte Tilbury has indeed made a name for herself in the beauty community.  Since her YouTube debut on Lisa Eldridge’s channel (here), many beauty enthusiasts were instantly captured by her magnetism.  Her descriptive and engaging dialogue is the epitome of English charm.  So when I discovered Amal Clooney used Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise Long Lasting Cream Colour ($32 USD/ 7mL) on her wedding day, I knew I had to experience this beautiful color for myself.  Will this golden truffle truly mesmerize or leave me feeling less than dazzled?  🙂   You’ll see.  I hope you enjoy !

 Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

  • Without a doubt, I am quite late to the Charlotte Tilbury bandwagon. In my defense, the way Mrs. Tilbury promotes her products as “fabulous, gorgeous, amazing, magical and miraculous,” automatically triggers my inner skeptic.  I’m all for believing in your brand, but this type of “soft sell” marketing is not my thing.
  • Despite my reservation towards the brand, I could not help but admire the sophisticated makeup look Tilbury created for Amal Clooney’s wedding (here), featuring this color.
  • The line debuted six colors as, “the ultimate foolproof product.  Simply add a sheer wash of color with your fingertip for a flattering finish for day, or add drama for evening by applying with [a brush] for high-impact, high-shine lids.”
Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise directions.

Marie Antoinette ingredients

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise ingredients.

Eyes to Mesmerise ingredients

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise ingredients.

The Pros to Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette:

  1. Marie Antoinette is described as an “antique oyster gold.” I would say this golden/bronze color is one of the most flattering golds for olive and medium complexions.
  2. The smooth silk-like formula glides on lids with the greatest of easy.
  3. Feels lightweight on the lids.
  4. Can be built up, by using thin even layers.
  5. Delicate cooling sensation is felt immediately and is quite refreshing early in the morning.
  6. The smallest amount is needed to achieve a lovely metallic sheen.
  7. Eyeshadow is housed in a frosted glass pot.
  8. Fingers or a flat brush can be used to apply the color.
  9. Does not crease or flake when used over a primer.
  10. Ideal for drier and youthful eyelids.
  11. Formula is paraben-free.
  12. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette:

  1. Formula does not fully set.  On my deep-set eyes, color transferred from the outer corners to my orbital bone (see photo below).
  2. Not recommended for oily lids or hooded eyes.
  3. The highly reflective sheen is not the most flattering for mature skins.
  4. According to Nordstrom, Eyes to Mesmerise “blurr(s) lines and imperfections for a visibly more youthful finish.”  I did not experience this effect at all.
  5. Formulated with mineral oil (C13-14 Isoparrifin) and a plethora of silicones.
Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

  • The above photo shows what Marie Antoinette looks like when freshly applied.  As you can tell, the golden hue possesses just the right amount of depth for my olive coloring.  Anything brighter would look too harsh; I suppose that is why this color was chosen for Amal.
Eyes to Mesmerise.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise after 11 hours.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise after 11 hours.

  • As you can tell from the photos above, Marie Antoinette held up well, over a primer, for eleven hours.  Visible signs of wear can be observed towards the outer corner; the color transferred to my orbital bone, leaving some bare spots on my lid (photos were taken in the evening with minimal room lighting).

Comparison:  Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

  • I have seen many videos and read many blogs comparing these two colors.  Granted, the textures are undoubtedly very similar (predictable, considering Charlotte helped design the Tom Ford makeup line), however the color is not.  Tom Ford Platinum ($45 USD/ 6mL) has silver pearl scattered throughout and a distinct mauve undertone.  Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette is clearly more golden and warm.
  • The formula’s mousse-like consistency is evident in both, but Charlotte has Tom beat when it comes to color concentration.  You literally need a small dot of Marie Antoinette to get a full metallic sheen.  Tom Ford’s formula is a touch more transparent and requires a bit of build up.
  • Both formulas perform exactly the same on my lids.  The smooth whipped texture does not fully set and inevitably transfers to my protruding orbital bone by day’s end.  I have read many blogs stating CT’s formula creases, but if applied in thin layers and over a primer, creasing is greatly reduced.  Regardless, for the price charged, a primer should remain an option rather than a prerequisite.
  • Although, Platinum and Marie Antoinette are stunning on the lids, without proper prep both formulas can present issues for some, especially oily hooded eyes and mature skins.
  • Notably, other effective alternatives exist for these cream formulas:  Maybelline Color Tattoos, Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks (reviewed here), Bobbi Brown Shadow Sticks (reviewed here), Mally Eyeshadow Sticks (reviewed here), Burberry Eye Contour Pen (not reviewed but loved), and even MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Stick.  All these brands provide budge-proof results in a variety of finishes and colors.

**Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise line is sold at Nordstrom, Beautylish, Bloomingdales and charlottetilbury.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise is a without a doubt a beautiful color with an enchanting finish.  Personally, the lack of setting properties is a bit concerning, especially when there are other impressive alternatives on the market.  Although, this color was “inspired by the hypnotizing beauty of the infamous Queen of France” (what does that even mean?),  I cannot help but feel this line could have used a bit more tweaking.  Have you been bedazzled into purchasing from this line?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Colourpop Flutes and Between the Sheets review.

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Colourpop Flutes and Between the Sheets.

As many of you may know, Colourpop makes my favorite lipliners.  The price, creamy application and pigment are outstanding.  So while placing an order to replenish my beloved BFF2 liner (reviewed here), I decided to pick up Colourpop Flutes Super Shock Shadow ($5 USD/ 2.1g) and Between the Sheets blush ($8 USD/ 4.2g).  The smooth consistency, concentrated pigment and lasting power are nothing short of amazing.  Let’s not forget, the affordable price makes these purchases even sweeter.  🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Colourpop Flutes Super Shock Shadow:

Colourpop Flutes.

Colourpop Flutes.

Colourpop Flutes

Colourpop Flutes.

Colourpop Super Shock

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow application directions.

  • Colourpop Flutes is appropriately described as a matte “mid-tone yellow-brown.”  This color was selected specifically as a replacement for my precious MAC Uninterrupted.  The unique cream to power consistency is inherently more concentrated than a straight up powder shadow.
  • Base on the company’s suggestion, a synthetic brush works best to pick up and apply the pigment to the skin.  However, since my synthetic brush selection is somewhat underwhelming, I turned to my natural Eve Pearl 105 brush for favorable results.  The short, dense, slightly firm hair bundling is able to capture the pigment within the fibers and deposit a saturated amount to the crease.  The creamy formula is then easily manipulated across the skin with the same brush, fingers or a fluffier brush.
  • Another impressive feature is the lasting power of the matte formula.  Flutes truly lasts from morning to evening without fading or creasing.  This point is driven home by my comparison swatches below.  The directions above describe the formula as a “cream powder,” but in my experience, the matte colors act very much like a long wearing cream eyeshadow; once Flutes sets it does not budge.
  • As stated in my previous review (here),  Colourpop’s colors cannot be depotted.  As a makeup artist, this can become quite bothersome when doing multiple clients.  Opening and closing pots during a makeup season can be incredibly time-consuming.  Forgetting to cap these eyeshadows is not an option. Colourpop containers must be closed tightly immediately after use or the product’s malleability becomes compromised.
  • See ingredient list here.
Colourpop Flutes

Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown Camel, Colourpop Flutes, and MAC Uninterrupted.

Colourpop Flutes

Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown Camel, Colourpop Flutes, and MAC Uninterrupted.

Colourpop Flutes

Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown Camel, Colourpop Flutes, and MAC Uninterrupted wiped five times with a dry towel.

  • Bobbi Brown Camel  ($25 USD/ 2.5g) is a 95% dupe for Uninterrupted and contains slightly more brown than Flutes or Uninterrupted.  This color was purchased for professional use.  The powder composition can easily be stored in any palette and is not hindered by air exposure.  As you can tell, all three colors are painfully similar and gorgeous. The intensity on an arm swatch may vary, but once on the lids the difference in make is barely noticeable.
  • Colourpop Flutes ($5 USD/ 2.1g) is the closest affordable dupe for Uninterrupted. Although Flutes swatches deeper than Camel or Uninterrupted, I find it applies more vibrantly on the lids.  In addition, the longevity of this color/formula is superb.  The third photo above shows what color remains after the swatches were wiped several times with a dry towel.  Clearly, all three brands held up well under these circumstances, but Flutes is the clear victor, refusing to depart from my arm.  A dual action makeup remover seems to be its only adversary.
  • MAC Uninterrupted (discontinued) was the original sepia color that captured my attention on its initial release.  I have loved and utilized this shade in my makeup routine for the past four years. However, as of late, my pan is literally falling apart.  I find small chunks of color scattered throughout my palette every morning.  Uninterrupted has slightly more yellow in the formula when compared to Camel or Flutes.  

Colourpop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek:

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop blush

Colourpop blush application instructions.

  • Colourpop Between the Sheets blush is described as a “mid-tone beige pink.”  On my olive skin, I had a hard time deciphering the beige in the description.  Between the Sheets is distinctly a cooler based pink against my complexion.
  • The Colourpop blushes are manufactured with the same formula as their eyeshadows, containing exactly twice the amount.  They also apply in the same manner as the Super Shock Shadows. However, despite the synthetic brush suggestion, I discovered Sonia Kashuk #17 brush (discussed here) works so well with this texture.  The dense, natural hairs pick up and deposit the perfect amount of pigment on the skin.  Utilizing bouncing motions seems to yield optimal results.  I simply bounce the brush head directly in the blush and apply the color to the cheeks in the same manner.  Personally, fingers did not give me the same intensity or blendability I was able to achieve with this brush.
  • Admittedly, this is not my preferred blush color, but just like Flutes, the formula has outstanding longevity.  In the photo below, BTS and Flutes lasted a full 12 hours without fading.  On this day, I was confined to a humid pool environment for three hours running around photographing a swim meet.  Granted, on my dry skin these results are not out of the ordinary, but based on these irregular environmental conditions, I can totally see this formulation working quite well for oiler skins.
  • See ingredient list here.
Colourpop

Colourpop Flutes and Between the Sheets.

**Colourpop Flutes and Between the Sheets are cruelty-free, vegan, Made in the USA and paraben and mineral-oil free.  They are sold exclusively at www.colourpop.com**

 

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Colourpop Flutes is a definite favorite.  This color has rid me of unfounded anxiety over finding a suitable replacement for my beloved MAC Uninterrupted.  As for Between the Sheets, the longevity is noteworthy and a great option for paler/cooler complexions.  With that being said, the formula has impressed me enough to invest in Colourpop Aphrodisiac–a soft brown color with a hint of rosy warmth.  Bottom line, once you find the right way/tool to apply this special formula, the results will have you asking, “Why did I wait so long to try Colourpop?”   🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Lord & Taylor

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