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

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 opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Moon River is flawless!

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When a makeup company claims a product is long wearing, does your pessimistic side rear it’s ugly little head and declare, “I’ll believe it when I see it.  Let me save the receipt just in case”….Well it’s time to change that attitude and turn that frown upside down!!

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Moon River:

There are six shades in the limited edition L’ÉTÉ PAPILLON DE CHANEL Collection.

  1. 07 Moon River:  light shimmery taupe
  2. 17 Cool Gold:  light yellow gold color
  3. 27 Pink Lagoon:  pastel pink shade
  4. 37 Jade Shore: pastel green/silver shade
  5. 47 Blue Ray:  pastel blue shade
  6. 57 Black Stream:  black with multi color shimmers

Chanel claims these eyeshadow sticks ($34US/1.4g) are, “lightweight, long wearing shadows that [will] highlight eyes with gleaming color, creating a shimmery veil on the lids.”  I must admit, that description is spot on.  Moon River is a shimmering light taupe color and truly has a gleaming quality on the lids.  This shade in particular would look spectacular on women with cooler skin tones.

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Chanel Moon River blended and swatched heavily.

The Formula:

A unique feature to this Stylo shadow is the cooling sensation it has on the lids upon contact; very refreshing first thing in the morning.  Moon River does not appear taupe on my skin, it morphs into a cool silver glimmer without a noticeable base color.  Moon River is a bit too glittery on its own, so I apply my trusty Burberry eyeshadow in Pale Barley on top and the effect is quite striking!!  Pale Barley transforms Moon River by giving it more warmth and a smoother appearance.  The result is very flattering on my light olive skin tone.  Moon River also acts as a wonderful base for any powder eyeshadow.  This Stylo will turn any ordinary matte shadow into a glowy sensation.  MR especially, can be used as an inner corner highlight..it gives off a gleam like no other!

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Chanel Moon River topped with Burberry Pale Barley.

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Chanel Moon River as a base for all: CMR alone, Burberry Pale Barley, MAC Uninterrupted, Burberry Khaki

Longevity:

The lasting power of Moon River is AMAZING!!!  You have about 3 seconds to fix any mistakes before the color sets.  There is NO glitter fallout with Moon River and it stays put until you decide otherwise.  These shadows are not waterproof however, they will not budge throughout the day and removal is a breeze at night.  I may, oh who am I kidding, I will be getting #57 Black Stream as a more portable and longer lasting version of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirifique.  The other colors are way too pastel-y for my liking 🙂  This type of long-lasting, conveniently packaged eyeshadow is what Chanel should consider adding to their permanent line.  Chanel cosmetics are sold everywhere (even at Century 21…who knew!!).

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BAM!!! You can spot those peepers a mile away!  Chanel Moon river topped with Burberry Pale Barley.

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

Makeup would tell me, I need to invest in another color ASAP.  Chanel has timed the release of these puppies just in time for summer!!  The long-lasting quality and pastel colors of these Stylo eyeshadows are always a hit this time of year!!  Stylo will also allow you the ability to wear some shimmer without any of the typical fallout!  Score!!!  Next time you find yourself at the Chanel counter wistfully start singing,

“Moon River, wider than the mile, I’m crossing you in style some day, Oh, dream maker, you heartbreaker, where ever your going,  I’m going your way….”

Oh great….now I have to forgo laundry, walk the dog in my tiara and black dress, and retire for the afternoon to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the hundredth time.  Chanel you foiled my plans once again!!  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Chanel Moon River ingredient list. Click to enlarge.