Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 156 Lost, 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink: 156 Lost, 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink:
156 Lost, 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige.

The rate of new releases, revolutionary formulations, and downright gimmicky products has my head spinning.  Consumers no longer have the luxury of enjoying their products before something new is unleashed promising more impressive results.  These clever marketing tactics have not steered me away from what I know, in my heart to be the best liquid lipstick for my needs. Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 156 Lost, 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige ($37 USD/ 6ml) are the newest members to join the Chanel Rouge Allure Ink family.  The sophisticated, comfortable formulation has never let me down. As Jerry Maguire would emphatically state, these new colors “complete me.”  I hope you enjoy.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink: 156 Lost, 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink:
156 Lost, 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige.

Chanel 156 Lost, 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink:
156 Lost, 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige.

  • For a complete review on the the Chanel Rouge Allure Ink formula check out my previous reviews of 140 Amoureux (here), 150 Luxuriant and 154 Experiemente (here).
Chanel 156 Lost

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 156 Lost.

  • Chanel 156 Lost is a color that was missing from the original line.  The warm peachy beige makes for the perfect nude lip color for light to medium skin tones.  In comparison, 140 Amoureux was more pink and required a warm lipliner to make it suitable for my coloring.  However, Amoureux has served me well, in fact I finished one tube (when was the last time anyone could claim they finished a lipstick?), but Lost seems to adjust organically to my coloring without any alteration.
  • Bear in mind, due to this light color selection layering is required to reach the same potency visible in the tube.  Two to three coats gives me a very wearable true flesh/peachy nude lip, sans the strong milky pasty undertone prevalent in many “nude” colors.
  • The smooth silicone based formula does require dry time between each coat.  Failing to wait a minute between each coat, will ultimately result in layers slipping around and diluted opacity.  However, when all is said and done, a velvety matte finish develops after five minutes or so and completely dries down in twenty minutes, lasting for a solid five-six hours (without eating) with even fading thereafter.
  • As with lighter shades in general, Lost can be worn alone, paired with a lipliner to change the tone of the color, or added to darker lipsticks to lessen the intensity of the shade.  If my mood requires a shinier finish, Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer 205 works well with Lost.  Armani’s gel-like texture melds well with Chanel’s formula for a long-lasting glossy lip.
  • Should you require the ultimate velvet matte finish and texture, try pairing 156 Lost with YSL Kiss and Blush 08 Pink Hedoniste (reviewed here).  There is something about the combination of these two formulas that makes lips look pillowy plump and smooth.
Chanel 184 Dark Purple.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 184 Dark Purple.

  • Chanel 184 Dark Purple was honestly not on my radar.  However, my husband being the kind and patient man that he is, decided to join me at the counter and automatically picked out this deep full body bordeaux/purple color.  At first I thought the color seemed too drastic, but after application I was hooked.  Just like Lost, Dark Purple starts out sheer, but easily builds to a deep 1920’s lip color, and can even go as far as teetering on a goth lip.  Granted, Chanel is not known to come out with such powerful shades, but I absolutely applaud creative director, Lucia Pica for bringing us this bold versatile color.
  • What I find most impressive about 184 Dark Purple is the streak-free application.  Despite the intensity of the color, the pigment does spread out quite evenly on the lips.  Although sheer on initial application, the color is still quite evident and a supplemental layer provides completely uniformed and opaque coverage.
  • The comfortable wear time (have I mentioned this enough) is my favorite feature of this formula.  I hardly ever feel the need to apply a gloss with any of the colors in this line.  Although I must admit, Dark Purple looks particularly stunning when paired with Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in 200.  If you are looking for a drop dead, dark, sexy, shiny lip combo look no further than this duo–trust me they are amazing together–you’re welcome.  🙂
Chanel 176 Warm Beige.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 176 Warm Beige.

  • To my eye, Chanel 176 Warm Beige does not resemble any beige color I have come to know of over the years.  The color is certainly warm, however a more realistic description would classify this hue as a deep terracotta with a slight mauve undertone.
  • This is certainly one of those colors that will look different on everyone.  Depending on skin color and lip pigmentation one can either encounter the prominent brown notes or the more mauve undertone.  Even lighting seems to effect the overall color, in artificial indoor lighting the color can lean warm brown and in natural light the mauve tones seem to dominate.  Regardless, I adore Warm Beige it has proven to be the perfect everyday color without looking too overdone.  This is the type of shade that works well with any look regardless if you are wearing a t-shirt and jeans or going for a glamorous evening look.
  • I love to pair this shade with Colourpop BFF2 or Bound (reviewed here) liner for a matte lip look.  If my mood requires a glossier finish, I love topping this combo with Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer 501 (review is coming soon).  176 Warm Beige also plays very nicely with 184 Dark Purple, it seems the warmth of this color compliments and softens the prominent purple presence in 184.  The resulting color is a very striking deep mauve brown (see photo below).  When paired with 156 Lost, the resulting hue strongly resembles MAC Velvet Teddy.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Swatches:
156 Lost, 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige.

**NOTE: All lip colors are freshly applied in the presence of a bright light, hence the shiny finishrest assured these do settle to a complete matte finish within five minutes.**

Chanel 156 Lost.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 156 Lost.

Chanel 184 Dark Purple.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 184 Dark Purple.

Chanel 176 Warm Beige.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 176 Warm Beige.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 184 Dark Purple and 176 Warm Beige.

Wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 184 Dark Purple topped with 176 Warm Beige.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink ingredient list

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink ingredient list.

The Chanel Rouge Allure Family.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink swatches.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink swatches.

  • My personal Chanel Rouge Allure Ink collection to date.  The smooth formula easily incorporates with other shades in the line to create a custom color.

 

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**Chanel Rouge Allure Inks are made in France, come in twenty shades (some exclusive to Chanel.com) and select shades are available for purchase at fine department store such as Sakes Fifth Avenue (here).

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

Makeup would tell you the Chanel Rouge Allure Ink formula is spectacular.  If you are in the market for a liquid lipstick that is not drying then this is the formula for you.  These inks are smooth, have a velvety matte finish, feel comfortable, look elegant, are long-lasting, buildable coverage, and can be easily reapplied or removed.  What more can you ask for?  I know…more colors  🙂  Perhaps 174 Melancholia and 182 Cool Purple?

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.*  Jerry McGuire image courtesy of Gifer.com 

 

New Makeup Discoveries.

New Makeup Discoveries

New Makeup Discoveries:
Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer, Heritage Store Rosewater, Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Sisley Bronzer, CoverFX Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting, NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte’s It lipliner.

So much time has pasted since my last post.  Simply explained, my children are deeply involved with their activities, which requires considerable parental involvement and travel.  Rather than produce sub par posts, I decided the healthiest and most logical solution would be to step away temporarily from writing and focus on my boys.  Despite my absence from the beauty blogging community, my interest in new makeup products endured.  So for my first post since my hiatus, I present you with a few goodies that have captured my interest and have retained their value in my routine.  I hope you enjoy.

New Discoveries: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face

New Discoveries:
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

  • Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base ($60 USD/1.7 fl.oz) is a truly unique product that keeps foundation in place all day.  The light fresh grapefruit fragrance is quite pleasing early in the morning.  However, dry skins would be advised to tread lightly with this product and to moisturize prior to applying this base.
  • Spreading a dime size amount on the skin is the recommended method of application, but in my experience, that amount produced a tightening sensation which developed after a couple of hours wear.  Instead, a small dual fiber stippling brush (MAC 130) picks up a minuscule amount of product, which allows a thin layer of product to lay on the skin without gathering unevenly.  I predict this base will be particularly brilliant during the warmer seasons, especially on hot, humid days. Oiler skins will also benefit greatly from this formulation; the oil absorbing properties are quite impressive.
  • Since so little product is needed to achieve optimum results, this jar will last me for the rest of the year–if not longer.  Currently, Bobbibrowncosmetics.com is running their 25% sale..perfect opportunity to splurge if you are interested.
New Makeup Discoveries: Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer

New Makeup Discoveries:
Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer.

New Discoveries: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face and Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer ingredients.

New Discoveries:
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face and Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer ingredients.

  • I picked up the Mineral Fusion Mattifying Primer ($28.99 USD/ 1fl. oz) on a whim, on sale while shopping at Whole Foods.  Despite the natural/mineral marketing, the second ingredient is Dimethicone.  I’m not fooled into thinking this product is completely natural, but I must admit, the slip on the skin is soothing and the longevity of my foundation is improved.  On my dry skin, this feels heavenly and allows a full coverage foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear) to glide across the skin smoothly.
  • The only complaint is with the pump, it stopped working unexpectedly after three months.  When making the unfortunate mistake of repeatedly trying to pump out product, a sudden glob of primer discharged on to my table and clothes.  I since remedied this situation by opening the container and removing product from the inner straw.
  • Another point worth noting, Mineral Fusion products are widely available online.  Their products can easily be acquired on sale at any given time.
New Makeup Discoveries: Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin.

New Makeup Discoveries:
Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin.

New Makeup Discoveries: Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin ingredients.

New Makeup Discoveries:
Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin ingredients.

  • Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin ($6-9 USD/4fl. oz) was purchased as a finishing spray to help meld all powder products together on the skin.  Typically Skindinavia setting spray is used, but the high alcohol content in that spray is too harsh for my dry skin in colder temperatures.  This Rosewater does exactly what I want, without stripping moisture from my skin.  The longevity of my makeup is not greatly improved, but I can attest my bronzer, blush and highlighter look like one after lightly misting the face.
  • The Rose scent is so delicate, I find myself spraying my face throughout the day to not only revitalize my look, but also my senses.  This is also a great natural alternative to MAC FIX+, for foiling pigments and eyeshadows.
New Makeup Discoveries: Sisley Bronzer, CoverFX Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting,

New Makeup Discoveries:
Sisley Bronzer, CoverFX Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting.

New Makeup Discoveries swatches: Sisley Bronzer, CoverFX Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting,

New Makeup Discoveries swatches:
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting, Sisley Bronzer, and Cover FX Bronzer.

  • Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Candlelight Skin Liquid Lighting ($52 USD/ 1 fl.oz) is what I wanted Marc Jacobs Dew You (reviewed here) to be.  The color and tone of gold is just right for my complexion.  Should a foundation prove to be too heavy, Candlelight dilutes the intensity of a foundation without alteration of color.  The absence of sparkle and shimmer also adds to the allure of this product.  When used as a highlighter, I prefer to pump out a pea size amount in my hand and swirl a natural hair brush (like my Yoshiwara brush) in the product, then lightly graze the saturated brush across targeted areas of the face.  This method allows a veil of product to illuminate the skin without looking too overdone.  The lasting power is around ten hours, more so if a setting spray is utilized.  I purchased my tube from Dermstore.com during their holiday sale event for a 30% discount.
  • Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel-Powder ($115 USD/ 11g.) is an absurdly priced bronzer, but I love this darn thing especially in the winter time.  The way the color sits on the skin is remarkably natural and smooth without any sparkle or shimmer.  At first glance, the color appears too warm and glowy, but when applied to the face, it somehow adjusts to fit an individual’s coloring.  I have used this on myself and medium complexion women and the effect is strikingly elegant.  Darker beauties can use this to even out skin tone or as a highlighter in targeted areas.  Oiler skins may want to proceed with caution, seeing as how even a slight sheen may further enhance an oily look throughout the day.  I purchased my compact from Fragrancenet.com for a fraction of the price.  They are in and out of stock constantly, so be sure to sign up for email alerts.
  • My preferred brush to use with this bronzer is the Smashbox Buildable Cheek Brush ($36 USD).  The smaller brush head and airy design is perfect for picking up just the right amount of color and for distribution.  I love this brush so much I have two in my collection (we will save that for another time).
  • Cover FX Sunset Bronzer ($28 USD/10g.) has to be one of my favorite finds.  I purchased this compact during Sephora’s VIB sale in November and as you can tell it has been well-loved.  The talc-free, matte color, and buildable formula is what drew my interest.  The Sunset color does not lean too warm or too cool, and the color payoff is not too severe from the get go.  When paired with the right brush, moderately pigmented bronzers can be built up to one’s desired color intensity.  Novices and experts alike will love working with this bronzer.  Another compact will certainly be purchased during Sephora’s VIB spring sale coming up this week.
New Makeup Discoveries swatches: NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L'Oreal Colour Riche Matte's It lipliner.

New Makeup Discoveries swatches:
NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte’s It lipliner.

New Makeup Discoveries: NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L'Oreal Colour Riche Matte's It lipliner.

New Makeup Discoveries swatches:
NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte’s It lipliner.

Ingredients for L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipliner:

Methyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecanol, Nylon-12, Paraffin, Acrylates / Dimethicone Copolymer, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Polyisobutene, Alumina, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tin Oxide, BHT. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 77120 / Barium Sulfate, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake.

  •  NYX Matte Liquid Liner ($6.99 USD/2ml) is the blackest, most matte liner I have ever come across.  As I get older, my preference when it comes to liners is brown or deep navy, so investing in a higher-end black liner seemed unnecessary.  NYX’s ingredients are chemically abundant, but it gets the job done when a black liner is required.  This formula glides on smoothly, without feathering into fine lines and the color intensity lasts all day.  The brush head, although thin, is surprisingly excellent at product placement and dispersion.  Additionally, this brand is easily accessible from a wide variety of retailers.
  • Chanel Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil’s ($33 USD/.27g) triangular shape is the stand out feature of this product.  The Chanel formula is lovely, but not as budge proof as my go-to Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro formula.  What I love about this pencil is the convenient format and the fast rate in which I can shape my brows.  The triangular shape is ideally suited for naturally fuller brows and exactly what is needed when I am in a rush or too lazy to fiddle around with a cream and brush combo.  The spoolie at the end has just the right level of stiffness, for brushing product through and shaping the hairs.
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipliner ($6.99-9 USD/ 1.13g) is better than all my high-end liners, because of its creamy texture and budge-proof wear.  The line is limited to eight (8) colors in all, with three being my favorite shades to wear on a daily basis.  Matte’s It, Matte-ing Call, and Matte-Stermind are my picks if you are a neutral lipstick wearer.  Lately, I have been wearing Matte’s It with Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in 501 Uptown or Buxom Va-Va Plump Liquid Lipstick in Getting Warmer.  L’Oreal also runs weekly sales via Walmart, Rite Aid, Amazon and Ulta.

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk What Would It Say?

Makeup would tell you its darn good to be back “talking” about makeup.  Granted some of the products featured today are pricey, but with a little patience and some web-surfing, you can find impressive sales on almost anything.

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 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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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.*

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.*

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).  
Chanel

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

 

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

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

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

-Maria

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Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 24 Expressive is Indeed Impressive.

Chanel 24 Expressive

I am not one for purchasing lip glosses on a daily basis.  Although I have a great admiration for the way they appear on others, I find many formulas migrate into my fine lines.  However, Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 24 Expressive ($34 USD/6ml), part of the Rouge Allure Collection, is a different creature all together.  This beautiful subdued blushing hue is able to sustain its color, wear and brilliance longer than any other gloss I have encountered.  I hope you enjoy.

Chanel 24 Expressive

Chanel 24 Expressive

Chanel 24 Expressive

  • As expected, Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss packaging is simply divine.  The push down mechanism is rather unique and dare I say, fun to open and close.  The long slender handle is elegant and the signature black outer casing is simplicity at its finest.  Although, truth be told, a clear glass tube would make it easier to determine when the lipgloss needs replacement.
  • The closely cut fibers and curvature of the applicator head, holds just the right amount of product (for me at least) and the pointed end reaches the edges of the lips with exacting detail.

Chanel

  • As mentioned in my review of 20 Audace (here), Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses are distinct, in that they do not migrate into fine lines. Granted, any gloss (even this precious gem) has the potential to misbehave if too much is applied.
  • In my experience, Rae Morris’s theory of “too much on the mouth goes south” should be taken to heart for those of us with feathering issues. I prefer to apply one substantial coat to the bottom lip, press my lips together to distribute the gloss to the upper lip region and use the applicator tip (without any additional product) to define the outer edges. This method assures I do not place too much product on my lips, thus minimizing my chances of feathering lip color.
  • On its own, Expressive lasted for a good 3½ hours (without eating or drinking).  Wear time is significantly improved (4-6 hours) when placed over a lip base/lipliner.  Regardless how this is worn, the non-sticky formula left lips feeling hydrated well after the gloss faded away.

Chanel Expressive

  • Expressive is a beautiful delicate rosy color.  As with all lip colors, depending on skin tone and lip pigment, this beauty will look differently on everyone.  On my lips, Expressive translates into a warm pink with a slight cool nuance.  This shade can easily compliment many complexions.
  • Admittedly, I find Expressive to be a tad more sheer than Audace.  However, on the proper canvas (line free lips), this color can be built-up to its full potential.
  • Expressive’s elegant glistening quality is due to the finely milled glass beads contained in the formula. Rest assured, these microscopic pellets feel completely undetectable on the lips.  Personally, I have a habit of biting my lower lip, thus getting gloss caught in my mouth.  It is only at this moment, when I rub my teeth together, I detect a slight grittiness to the gloss.
  • In all honesty, I rarely wear gloss on its own, I prefer to apply a matte lip base and use Expressive to add dimension and depth to my lip look.
  • On the left photo, I am wearing Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stone–the heavy lavender tone of this lipstick clearly does not suit my olive complexion.  However, when a light layer of Expressive is added, the formerly unwearable hue is transformed into a stunning light warm pink that instantly brightens the face.
  • This combo was so fetching, a woman stopped me in the supermarket and demanded to know exactly what color I was wearing on my lips.  🙂  

MAC Whirl

  • For the above photo, MAC Whirl and Honeylove matte lipsticks were combined and then lightly topped with Chanel Rouge Allure 24 Expressive.  This combo lasted 5½ hours during copious amounts of talking and laughing.  The remaining color lacked the initial glossiness, but the satiny finish left was just as alluringpun intended. 🙂

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  • Despite the plethora of synthetic components (with a couple of natural ingredient thrown in for good measure), parabens and mineral oil are thankfully omitted from the list.

**Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 24 Expressive can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylorchanel.com and anywhere Chanel cosmetics are sold.**

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

Makeup would tell you Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 24 Expressive is indeed impressive.  The universally flattering color, remarkable wear (especially for a gloss), non-feathering formula, moisturizing feel and original packaging does not get any better.  Who knew I had so much to say about a gloss?  Then again when you really like something it shows.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace review and swatches.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Lipgloss has always been one of my favorite products.  My very first lipgloss was Maybelline Rollerball Kissing Potion (cherry was my favorite).  Since this was the only “makeup” I was allowed to wear, I was quite liberal in my application; there was gloss on my lips, over my lips, and everywhere else.  Fast forward to the present day and although my cosmetic education and style has evolved, my basic girlie desires have stayed intact–I still want me some shiny lips.  Enter Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Auduce ($34 USD/6ml), this beautiful tube of decadence is not your typical gloss.  Rouge Allure behaves as all glosses were intended to conduct themselves–she’s smooth, glossy, and does not stray into fine lines. Glamorous, graceful and gorgeous lips are all-encompassing with this gloss; the hardest part is choosing a color 🙂

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace applicator head.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace applicator head.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace applicator head hugs the lips.

The Pros to Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace:

  1. Gorgeous mauve with a caramel undertone with slight multi-colored micro shimmers.  I have been searching for a shade like this for the longest time.
  2. Beautiful/fun packaging.  To open the gloss, you have to press down on the gold top and the applicator pops up.
  3. Fantastic contoured applicator head with closely cut fibers for precise application.
  4. Thick formula ensures color will adhere to the lips with minimal/even fading.
  5. Lips feel moisturized even after color fades.
  6. Pigmented formula does not stain lips when color has worn off or been removed.
  7. Removes easily with a tissue, should you feel the need to apply a fresh layer.
  8. Color and shine lasts for a good four hours without any eating or drinking.
  9. Does not feather into fine lines without a lip liner, if used in moderation.
  10. Audace is the perfect “nude” color for those with deeper skin tones to compliment any look.
  11. The mauve tone of Audace makes teeth appear whiter.
  12. Perfect “one-product” lip product.
  13. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  14. Comes in 10 shades.
  15. Made in France.

The Cons to Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace:

  1. Does not layer well over lipsticks.  Due to the thicker texture, Rouge Allure Glosses will disturb any lipstick base color.
  2. Color will feather into fine lines if a fresh layer is applied to an existing layer.  I prefer to remove the older layer and start anew.
  3. After a week of using this gloss, I experience slight product build-up at the base of applicator wand.  I wipe the base clean after three uses to ensure the opening does not get clogged.
  4. Thicker formula and lack of staining effect may deter some from loving this product.
  5. Contains  slight fragrance–not too overpowering, but can be bothersome to some.
  6. According the Chanel.com, 20 Audace is the only limited edition shade.  This is the best color–WHHHYYYY Chanel?
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace swatch

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace swatch.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace on bare lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace on bare lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace over one layer of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Personally, this is the perfect neutral shade to compliment my coloring.  I especially love the fact I can get away without using a lipliner.  This is the ideal lip product to own if you are someone who does not like to carry around too many lip products throughout the day.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace on bare lips.

The above photo shows the brightening effect Audace has on teeth.  Finally, a gloss formula that is pigmented, flattering and delivers on the no-feathering claim…imagine that!

Comparison Shades to Chanel 20 Audace:

Comparisons: Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702, Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint, Chanel 20 Audace, Dior Fluid Stick 975 Minut, and Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 150 Decadent.

Comparisons:
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702, Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint, Chanel 20 Audace, Dior Fluid Stick 975 Minut, and Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 150 Decadent.

Comparison swatches removed using one swipe of a baby wipe.

Comparison swatches removed using one swipe of a baby wipe after 15 minutes on the arm.

  • Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 (reviewed here) has more of a brown undertone and the thinner consistency allows the color to bleed into my fine lines when worn on its own.  However, the Lacquer Rouge formula pairs beautifully with a variety of lipsticks.
  • Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (reviewed here) is clearly a matte formula.  I find this is the only lip base that works with Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses.  Not only does this product extended the wear of Audace, but Allure gives lovely dimension to the gloss.
  • Dior Addict Fluid Stick 975 Minuit (reviewed here) has a much thinner and cooling texture than Audace.  These are wonderful on their own (for some) and pair beautifully with other lipsticks.  Unlike Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses, Fluid Sticks leave behind a noticeable stain; however, I cannot wear them on their own without some serious feathering issues.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 150 Decadent (reviewed here) is clearly a lipstick, but the color and wear is very similar to that of Chanel 20 Audace.
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace ingredient list.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace ingredient list.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace

Yoshi wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace [Yoshi thinking] “Someone please save me.”

Should you feel inclined to read another stellar review on three additional colors (and my inspiration for this purchase) Sunny from MostlySunnyBlog.com has an excellent post on her blog (here).

**Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss can be found at Nordstrom, Macys, Saks, Bloomingdale and chanel.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace is one of the best colors and gloss formulas. For someone like me, who has difficulty with glosses feathering into fine lines, these Rouge Allure Glosses are a revelation.  I feel like the clouds have parted and the heavens have given us a wonderful gift.  Now, I’m left with one decision: Do I buy a back-up of Audace or indulge in another color?  What say you?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

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

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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

Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre.

Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre.

Chanel Initiation Illusion D'Ombre.

Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre.

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

The Pros:

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

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

The Cons:

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

Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre over Shu Uemura M895.

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

Comparison to Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre:

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

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

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

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

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

Illamasqua Ore Pigment with Sephora Glitter brush.

Illamasqua Ore Pigment with Sephora Glitter brush.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-M-

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows review and swatches.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre: Mirifique, Fantasme, Vision, and Apparence.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadoes: Mirifique, Fantasme, Vision, and Apparence.

I have a weakness for cream shadows.  So when  Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows ($36 US/ 4 g) launched with the promise of intense pigment, and smooth long-lasting wear, I quickly hoarded the lightest and darkest of the bunch.  The springy gel like formulation were unique in a market filled with long-lasting cream/powder hybrids.  These forms of eyeshadows have proven to be so popular, Dior has recently duplicated this formula and has released their own collection.  My most used shades are Mirifique and Apparence.  Vision is my favorite topper shade; this gleaming golden sparkle looks particularly stunning over a black base.  Fantasme is great as an inner corner highlight or as a topper shade over a reddish-brown shadow.  Oh who am I kidding, I love them all 🙂

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre swatches: Mirifique, Fantasme, Vision, and Apparence.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow swatches: Mirifique, Fantasme, Vision, and Apparence.

  • Mirifique (85): Black base with silver and blue sparkles.
  • Fantasme (81): Topper shade..straight-up white/silver sparkle.
  • Vision (89): Topper shade…straight-up yellow gold sparkle with a slight rose undertone.
  • Apparence (817):  Warm golden color with refined shimmer..beautiful on its own or delicately placed over a matte shadow.
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow in Mirifique (85) with Vision (89) on top.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow Vision (89) on top of Mirifique (85).

The Pros:

  1. Texturally, the formula is silky smooth and creamy to the touch.
  2. Best applied with fingers in thin layers.
  3. Packaging is exquisite. Glass pot is sanitary and quite sturdy.
  4. The 11 colors offered will suit a variety of skin tones and eye shapes.
  5. My selections of topper shades (Fantasme and Vision) transformed matte eyeshadows into sparkling sensations.
  6. Despite the high sparkle content on swatches, the appearance of sparkle on the lid is diminished with Emerveille, Ebloui, Apparence, Illusiore, and Mirifique.
  7. These are permanent in the Chanel line.  Limited-Edition colors are still available.
  8. Emerville, Ebloui, Apparence and Illusiore can be used on their own for a quick, easy and polished look.
  9. Topper shades last all day..sparkle, sparkle, sparkle.
  10. The accompanying brush is cute as well as functional, especially if Mirifique is used as an eyeliner.
  11. Price/amount ratio is an exceptional value considering very little product is needed.
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow in Mirifique (85) with Vision (89) on top.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in Mirifique (85) with Vision (89) on top.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Vision on top of a brown eyeshadow.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Vision on top of a copper/brown eyeshadow.

The Cons:

  1. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows shrink and pop-out over time if they are not tightly sealed after every use.  I keep each pot in their original box and store them upside-down to ensure they will not dry out.
  2. It took five exchanges to find a pot of Vision that was not dried out.  If the entire eyeshadow falls out in one chunk, then the product is dried out.  Even the sales associates were frustrated with how many pots were unsellable.  Make sure to check to see if the eyeshadow is intact before leaving the store.
  3. Petrolatum is an ingredient.
  4. Creasing will occur if a primer is not applied beforehand.
  5. Eight hour wear with fading towards the outer corners of my eye with Mirifique and Apparence.
  6. Sparkles from the topper shades tend to migrate toward the crease and brow bone as the day progresses.  If used in excess, fall-out is inevitable.
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadow Apparence (817) on mobile lid with Mirifique  (85) in the outer "V".

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow Apparence (817) on mobile lid with Mirifique (85) lightly in the outer “V”.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow ingredient list.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow ingredient list.

Chanel Cosmetics can be found in any department store.  Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, even Century 21 and Chanel.com.

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

Makeup would tell you if you want to try one of these types of eyeshadows, start with a color that will give you the most mileage.  I usually reach for Apparence when I want a little something extra added to a neutral eye.  I use Mirifique with my finger, on top of a black liner to add some dimension and smokiness to my look.  Vision’s unique golden sparkle will pair beautifully with just about any color.  I prefer to use my ring finger with a patting motion across the lid.  Proper storage for these shadows is crucial if you want your investment to last.  Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows are quite lovely, but the longevity could be improved.  In the meantime, Ebloui is calling my name…Do you have any of these, what are your thoughts?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.