Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman review and comparisons.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman.

I do believe every cosmetics brand has now come out with their version of the matte liquid lipstick.  Understandably, these types of lipsticks are very big sellers. With that being said, Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments Get It On and American Woman ($26 USD/ 5.5mL.) is one of the newer releases that certainly proves somethings are worth the wait.  Everything from the formula, to the applicator head, packaging, amount, etc. is done well.  To boot, who could resist lipsticks named after classic rock songs?  Well played Monsieur Nars.

Nars Get It On

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Get It On

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On.

Nars American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment American Woman.

  • IMHO, when it comes to liquid lipstick, the one thing that makes or breaks a new release is the applicator head.  Lets face it, formula is important, but truthfully speaking if the applicator head is cheaply made (e.g., large head, long splayed fibers, too thin or thick tip, etc.), the product becomes useless.  Even though Nars is a bit late to the matte liquid lipstick party, they took their time and thoroughly designed a head with precisely cut fibers and a substantial pointed tip–absolute genius.
  • Typically a lipliner is usually used to achieve a crisp outline of the lips; however, with Nars Powermattes the tip virtually eliminates the need for that step.  The softly rounded rigid pointed design glides effortlessly across the skin, depositing pigment with exacting detail.  A lipliner can be used, but more so to add dimension or for color alteration.
  • In addition, the top portion and wand length allows for amazing control during application.  The top is the perfect size and girth for a hardy grasp and the wand length ensures perfect balance during application.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Arm Swatches andFormula:

Nars Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman freshly applied.

Nars Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman after three (3) minutes.

  • The formula of the new Nars Powermatte Pigments is quite thin and watery when compared to other matte liquid lipsticks on the market.  For this reason, Nars strongly advises to shake the pigment prior to application.  Omitting this step will result in uneven color placement and poor longevity.  When the pigment is properly incorporated, one dip will deliver complete opacity on the lips.  Even the lightest shade, Get It On, will absolutely cover and conceal natural lip coloring with one swipe.
  • As expected, the colors deepen slightly when dry.  The above swatches shows Get It On develops a pinker undertone and American Woman develops a rosier undertone.  Both colors look amazing on their own (not too pale) or mixed together (see photo below).
  • In my experience when working with the darker shades in the line (e.g. Rock With You), it would be highly advisable to wipe some liquid off on the sides of the opening before applying the color to the lips.  The applicator head holds quite an ample amount of product that gathers at the corners of the mouth if one is not careful.  When I state these are potently concentrated I am not exaggerating, Rock With You was returned because it was too dark and high maintenance for my liking. Regardless, I was quite impressed with the consistency of all three shades; they all applied smoothly without any patchiness.
  • Also worth noting, a light vanilla fragrance is present, but not as pungent as MAC lipsticks.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Wear Time:

  • As for the wear, I found the formula adhered immediately to the skin without drying down fully. That slight moisture retention is what makes both colors so bearable throughout the day. The color transfer on cups and cheeks (if kissing) is minimal, certainly not as drastic as one would experience from a conventional formula.
  • Unlike the arm swatches, a matte finish develops within thirty (30) seconds on the lips. The lasting power ranges between four to six (4-6) hours (without eating or drinking) with even fading thereafter. The colors layer well, but on my dry lips I could only tolerate one touch up for the day. Multiple layers feel too heavy and drying for my taste; I prefer to wipe away the existing color and start fresh.
  • In all honesty, I cannot wear Nars Powermattes, on their own, for too many days in a row.  Even though the formula is comfortable, my lips were very dry by the third day.  Going forth, I remedied this dilemma by pairing these with my favorite lipsticks, Chanel Rouge Allure Inks (Chanel’s version of a matte liquid lipstick and reviewed here and here).  In comparison, Chanel’s formula has a lot more slip and dries down more gradually than Nars.  The addition of the Rouge Allure Inks, in particular, provides extra hydration and dimension, while yielding a velvety finish. Glosses also work well, but be sure to add just a touch to the center of the lips to prevent bleeding and wear of the liquid lipstick.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Lip Swatches:

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On (one coat).

  • Nars Get It On is described as a “tan rose,” to my eye, the shade is very reminiscent of Dose of Colors Truffle (reviewed here).  This warm beige pinky-peach can be worn on its own for those with light to medium skins. Darker skins will most likely experience a concealer like effect, but adding a darker lipliner will easily alter the shade to be more wearable.
Nars American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment American Woman (one coat).

  • Nars American Woman is a lovely warm rose shade for those who desire the need for a more robust neutral color.  At first, I was under the impression this shade would be too cool for my coloring, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how rich and warm the color appeared against my complexion.
 Nars Get It On and American Woman

Wearing Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman mixed together (two coats).

  • When the mood strikes, a combination of both colors meld to form a lovely shade for daily use. The silky smooth formula easily blends on the lips by just pressing and rubbing the lips together. The newly formed shade takes on a slightly cooler tone, but still extremely wearable for us olive-skinned ladies.

Comparison Swatches:

Comparison Shades: Jouer Melon, Jouer Creme Brûlée, Dose of Colors Truffle, Nars Get It On, Nars American Woman, Jouer Terra, Pixi Matte Beige, and Dose of Colors Supernatural.

Comparison Shades:
Jouer Melon, Jouer Creme Brûlée, Dose of Colors Truffle, Nars Get It On, Nars American Woman, Jouer Terra, Pixi Matte Beige, and Dose of Colors Supernatural.

  • Dose of Colors Truffle ($18USD/ 4.5mL) is the closest color in my collection to Nars Get It On. Truffle has a slightly deeper brownish undertone, a more whipped consistency and contains less product.  If you have one, you may not necessarily need the other.  Currently, Nars is not cruelty-free, so if that is of significance to you, then DOC may be your best bet.
  • Jouer Terra ($18 USD/ 6mL) is the closest color to Nars American Woman, with a less rosy undertone and a more mousse-like consistency.  Jouer is cruelty-free and their liquid lipsticks are lovely.
  • Out of all the brands swatched, Pixi Matte Beige ($14 USD/ 7 mL) is the only formula that is as fluid as Nars. From the onset, Pixi’s formula seems to require more time to settle and the applicator head is rather flimsy.   
Nars Get It On and American Woman ingredients

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman ingredient list.

**Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments come in twenty (20) shades, are made in Italy and sold at Sephora, Nordstrom, Lord &Taylor, narscosmetics.com, etc.**

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

Makeup would tell you Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman are two colors that will surely become staples for many.  Since these two colors have entered my life, I have been shamefully ignoring my other liquid lipsticks.  Considering this formula works so well with other colors and brands, it has almost become automatic to reach for either color on a daily basis.  Which colors are 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. *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.*

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer, Concealer and Brush review

Lilah B. Beauty

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer, Concealer and Brush.

As mentioned in previous posts, I have been making a conscious effort to be more selective with regards to my makeup purchases.  However, when a cosmetics brand you have been lusting after goes on sale, even the most resolute mind will not be able to resist the lure.  So when Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer ($42 USD/ 9g.), Concealer ($44 USD/ 3.3g.), and Bronzer Brush #2 ($42 USD) prices were slashed almost 60% off, you better believe I happily jumped on that opportunity.  Will this freshly mint brand live up to my expectations or will it be just another pretty face in the crowd ?  You’ll see.

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer and Concealer Packaging:

Lilah B. Beauty packaging.

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer, Concealer and Brush packaging.

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer and Concealer packaging.

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer and Concealer packaging.

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer and Concealer packaging.

Lilah B. Beauty Concealer and Bronzer packaging–no mirror.

Lilah B. and Kjaer Weis

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer b. sun-kissed and Kjaer Weis Radiant highlighter compact (side note: the lilah b. lettering wore off after one week).

  • If you are a beauty lover, you will have surely heard of the Lilah B. Beauty brand.  The company has become known for their minimalist, hefty, stone-like compact design.  If you are familiar with the heavy Kjaer Weis packaging (reviewed here) these compacts are very much in the same league.
  • The compacts are constructed entirely of metal and swivel open all around, to expose the product inside.  The rounded edges are smooth to the touch and do not poke the inside of a makeup bag–a feature I appreciate when it comes to compacts that are especially weighty.
  • One aspect that surprised me was the lack of a mirror component.  This omission is disappointing considering the cost of the products.  Personally, I could overlook the added heft to my makeup bag if the compact contained a mirror for daily use.
  • Unlike the Kjaer Weis line, the Lilah B. Beauty compacts are not refillable.  Try as I might, I could not find a way to depot the pans from the compact without compromising the product.

Lilah B. Beauty b. sun-kissed Bronzer:

Lilah B. b. sun-kissed.

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer b. sun-kissed.

Lilah B. bronzer

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer b. sun-kissed.

Lilah B. Bronzer swatch

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer b. sun-kissed swatch.

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer b. sun-kissed ingredient list.

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer b. sun-kissed ingredient list.

  • According to the Lilah B. website:

    All lilah b. formulas are free of:

    • Parabens
    • Phthalates
    • Sulfates
    • Synthetic fragrances

    No animal testing
    Vegan-friendly

  • The b. sun-kissed Bronzer comes in only one shade.  The bronzer is split into two halves; a 40% lighter side and a 60% darker side.  I found the lighter shade to be pressed more firmly into the pan, which makes picking up product a bit more challenging.  IMHO, this side did not add much in terms of color or sheen to the overall finish and oddly enough, with minimal use a hard-pan developed on the surface.  The darker shade on the other hand, was smooth and provided most of the color payoff.  In fact, when looking at my compact, I have a significant dip on the darker side compared to the lighter side.
  • When the two colors are combined the resulting shade is a warm golden bronze, with a lovely satin finish.  The color payoff is very pale and requires build-up on light-medium to medium skins. Deeper skins will find the color intensity less than stellar.
  • In my experience, a stiffer, shorter bristled brush is the best tool for application.  As mentioned, the lighter half is pressed quite firmly into the pan, therefore soft airy synthetic or animal hair brushes will be ineffective at picking up product.  Despite all these factors, the end results are very flattering on my light olive complexion, but only when the right tool is utilized (see the brush section below). The color lasted well for a solid nine (9) hours with slight, even fading thereafter.

Lilah B. Beauty b. bright Concealer & Eye Primer:

Lilah B. Beauty b. bright

Lilah B. Beauty b. bright Concealer and Eye Primer beautifully presented in a classic box.

Lilah B. Concealer

Lilah B. Beauty b. bright Concealer and Eye Primer.

Lilah B. Beauty concealer ingredient list.

Lilah B. Beauty b. bright Virtuous Veil Concealer and Eye Primer ingredient list.

  • The Lilah B. Concealer and Eye Primer is one powerful little compact.  Out of the three (3) shades offered [b. bright (light), b. radiant (medium), b.polished (dark)], b. bright was the shade that suited my complexion best.  When placed on my green veining (next to my inner corners) the color leans more on the brighter yellow spectrum.  However, when blended out (fingers work best) the color sheers out without sacrificing any brightening qualities or coverage.
  • The texture of this concealer is absolutely silky smooth and hydrating–fantastic for maturing or dry, delicate skins.  The coverage is quite evident in the above swatch, the green veining on my arm has been completely covered without looking caky.  With that being said, it is highly advisable to use a light hand with this formula and to work in layers to build desired coverage.
  • I can also confirm this concealer holds up surprisingly well for eyeglass wearers.  Typically, I experience concealer break down under and around the nose pad area.  Lilah B. concealer lasts extremely well in that particular area when set with a powder.
  • My preferred setting powder at the moment is the W3ll People Bio Brightening Powder.  The ultra fine texture seems to meld well with the Lilah B. Concealer, to create a flawless finish.
  • As the name states, this can also be used as an eye primer and I must say, it is fantastic for that purpose.  Applying two thin layers and then setting the primer with a flesh tone eyeshadow or with the W3ll People Bio Powder locks in the cream beautifully.  The base provides just the right amount of coverage to even out my lid coloring, as well as, keeping eyeshadow in place all day without creasing or fading.

Lilah B.  Bronzer Brush #2:

Lilah B. Brush.

Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer Brush.

Wawaza Lilah B

Wawaza Yoshiwara Japanese Makeup Brush vs. Lilah B. Bronzer Brush.

  • Without mincing words, the Lilah B. Bronzer Brush #2 is not the best tool for applying the Lilah B. Bronzer.  The synthetic bristles are simply too long and the density is severely lacking for adequate product pickup. When dealing with varying angles on the face, the bristles do not splay out properly, they seem to move in unison depositing color unevenly.
  • My preferred brush for applying the Lilah B. Bronzer has been the Wawaza Yoshiwara Japanese Makeup Brush $29 USD (here).  The compact goat hair bristles are perfect for picking up firmly pressed powders.  This brush is also fantastic for contouring, blush, and highlighter application.  Unlike other Itabake style brushes on the market (cough, cough Nars), this brush is hand-made in Japan, shipped directly from Japan and does not shed–I digress.
  • For the price, the packaging of the Lilah B. Brush #2 is not a luxe as the bronzer and concealer compacts. The lightweight material used (perhaps aluminum) feels very similar to my old Sonia Kashuk travel brush, at four times the cost.  The retractable aspect is very convenient, but other than that, the rest of the brush is unremarkable and does not command a forty-two ($42) price tag.
Wearing the Lilah B. Beauty

Wearing the Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer b. sun-kissed as a bronzer and blush.  Lilah B. beauty concealer applied under the eyes and used as an eye primer.

**Lilah B. Beauty Bronzer and Concealer are made in Italy and the Bronzer Brush #2 is made in China.  All products are sold at Sephora, SpaceNK, SkincareRx.com (where I purchased mine during their 4th of July sale), Nordstrom, Net-a-Poter.com, Dermstore, lilahbeauty.com, etc..**

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

Makeup would tell you the Lilah B. Beauty brand is a nice product line that needs a bit more refinement–one shade of bronzer and three shades of concealer is simply not enough.  The packaging seems to be the star of the show, although the lettering on my bronzer compact has worn off within the first week of use (say what).  Admittedly for the price I paid for the products ($17 USD/ I know, I know–don’t be hating 🙂 ), I’m quite pleased with the outcome (with the exception of the brush).  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy my friends.  🙂

-Maria

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Chanel 808 Lilas D’Or and 814 Silver Pink review.

Chanel 808 Lilas D'Or and 814 Silver Pink.

Chanel 808 Lilas D’Or and 814 Silver Pink.

More often than not, in the summer time, I am always reaching for a cream shadow(s).  The convenience and ease of use are indispensable when one needs to look polished in no time.  Given my success and adoration for 806 Terre Brûlée and 802 Undertone, Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Shadows in 808 Lilas D’Or and 814 Silver Pink ($37 USD/ 4g) prove that a product can look pretty, have utility and be freaking awesome at the same time.  🙂  I hope you enjoy!

Chanel 808 Lilas D'Or.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow 808 Lilas D’Or.

Chanel 808 Lilas D'Or

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow 808 Lilas D’Or.

  • Chanel 808 Lilas D’Or (Gold Lilac) was not a color I was instantly drawn to when first exploring the range.  The deep pink shade appeared too bright and adolescent for my needs. Oh how wrong I was.  Upon closer inspection, the swatch for 808 Lilas D’Or is quite delicate and wearable.  After freely swatching this color at a counter, I quickly envisioned myself pairing this lovely with Chanel 806 Terre Brûlée (reviewed here) and its partner in crime for this post, 814 Silver Pink.
  • Lilas D’Or roughly translated, means Gold Lilac.  To my eye, the golden notes are not that obvious, but instead a soft champagne undertone provides just the right touch of warmth that keeps Lilas looking modern instead of tittering into Barbie territory.
  • The color applies quite sheerly on initial application and can be built-up easily depending on the brush used and how many layers one desires.  Personally, two coats provide just the right amount of rosiness against my brown eyes and olive complexion, but paler complexions/eyes could get away with building-up this shade full force.  Chanel 808 Lilas D’Or is very reminiscent of 802 Undertone (reviewed here) in finish and texture. Both colors do not contain shimmer, but a beautiful sheen that remains chic despite the layers applied.
Chanel 814 Silver Pink.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow 814 Silver Pink.

Chanel 814 Silver Pink.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow 814 Silver Pink.

Chanel 814 Silver Pink

Wearing Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow 814 Silver Pink on the mobile lid with 802 Undertone on the inner corner (photo taken indoors on a very sunny day).

  • Chanel 814 Silver Pink is one of the most popular colors in the range.  This comes to no surprise considering the complex mix of brown, mauve and silver is an unbeatable color combination that looks fantastic against so many complexions.
  • For the most part, 814 Silver Pink applies very sheerly on initial application.  Admittedly, the deep coloring in the pot compared to the sheer application was unexpected, but after researching other bloggers’ experiences, this seems to be the nature of this color.  As for the finish, Silver Pink contains the finest silver shimmers.  When applied with fingers, the texture is smooth and the shimmers provide just the right amount of interest to an eye look without looking too overdone; definitely, a sophisticated one-and-done color for the professionals in the bunch.
  • On my olive complexion, 814 Silver Pink can shift to purple or brown depending on the lighting conditions and/or layers applied.  With that being said, I have yet to wear this color on its own, I prefer to mix or pair this with either 808 Lilas O’r or 808 Terre Brûlée.  This rationale pertains more to my personal issues with my deep-set eye sockets, rather than the color itself.  Sadly, the older I get, the more recessed my eyes appear, deeper shades, even one as sheer as Silver Pink, tend to create shadows I cannot afford to sport on a daily basis.
Chanel 808 Lilas D'Or and 814 Silver Pink.

Chanel 808 Lilas D’Or and 814 Silver Pink–both colors required 3 passes to obtain these results.

Chanel 808 Lilas D'Or and 814 Silver Pink.

Wearing Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow 808 Lilas D’Or and 814 Silver Pink (photo taken on an overcast day).

  • For the above look, two layers of 808 Lilas D’Or was applied with my ring finger over the entire mobile lid, using Nars crease brush (here), two layers of 814 Silver Pink were then applied on the outer two-thirds portion of the mobile lid, leaving the inner third exposed with Lilas. To round out the look, Chanel 808 Terre Brûlée was placed on the lower lash line.  This look remained intact for a solid nine (9) hours (longing if I hadn’t removed it), with slight color transfer to my crease area.  Oddly enough, the color on my lid seemed undisturbed despite the color migration.
  • Lipstick worn on this day was Jouer Lip Cream in Melon (reviewed here) topped with a light coat of Chanel 140 Amoureux (my fave–reviewed here).  A light dusting of 808 Lilas D’Or was also used to highlight the upper lip line.  Earrings are Jennifer Meyer leaf earrings in yellow gold.
Wearing Chanel 808 Lilas D'Or

Wearing Chanel 808 Lilas D’Or on the lids and as a cheekbone highlighter (photo taken on a dark cloudy day).

  • For the above look, Chanel 808 Lilas D’Or was applied on the mobile lid and paired with 814 Terre Brulee along the upper and lower lash line.  Utilizing tapping motions, Lilas D’Or was also used as a cheekbone highlighter.  This look remained luminous for a solid eleven (11) hours despite the heat and humidity on this day.  I did experience slight color transfer to my crease area, but for some reason, these results made the look appear even more dewy and attractive…go figure. 
  • Lip combo on this day was, Colourpop Brink with Dose of Colors Knock on Wood topped with Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in 123 Stripped.
  • Chanel Cream Eyeshadow ingredient list.

    Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow ingredient list.

**Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow 808 Lilas D’Or and 814 Silver Pink are found at SaksFifthAvenue.comNordstrom, Lord & Taylor, etc..**

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

Makeup would tell you Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow 808 Lilas D’Or and 814 Silver Pink are another hit for this blogger.  The light weight consistency, longevity, versatility, and delicate finish make this purchase a no-brainer.  Now my only “problem” is finding the inner strength to stay away from the two limited edition colors:  820 Memory (deep golden brown) and 818 Urban (amazing deep navy).  Will you be trying any of the colors in this range?  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.*

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

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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

*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 names 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.*

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

*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 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!

Chanel matte lip

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).  
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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

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