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Many of the cosmetic purchases I’ve made lately have had one thing in mind: have I tried this before? As a person who likes change, I gravitate toward the unknown (for the most part). My aim with makeup lately is to try either a brand I’ve never used before, or check out a product within a brand that I’ve not yet investigated. My most recent purchase in this regard was Chanel’s Vanités quad, from the Sophisticated Eye collection (fall 2011).
It’s strange: while I don’t tend to wear a lot of color on my eyes (preferring to do so on my lips, or even cheeks!), I often choose eyeshadows that have more of a *pop.* When perusing the Chanel quads, the only one that really grabbed me was Vanités. Having recently read a glowing review on the quad, being in the market for a nice lilac shade, and feeling spend-y, I picked it up and immediately brought it home to try out.
My first thoughts were that the quad was lovely. Indeed, the violet tones are quite captivating – and check out that gorgeous gold-flecked mauve!!
However, once it came time to actually try the shadows, I was sorely let down. Keep in mind that I do not have any experience with Chanel quads (and in fact, was unable to try this in-store as there were no testers available), so I wasn’t prepared what to expect. After reading further reviews, Chanel quads it seems tend to be on the dry, stiff side, something to which I can agree with (and also – gritty-feeling) and that I would have likely avoided if I had known. Also of note is that the quads here in Canada are of the baked variety, while I hear in the States they are different. So, all points to keep in mind.
Here are the shadows when swatched:
These swatches took many layers to achieve this much pigmentation, aside from the darkest shade, which was fairly pigmented in one swipe. I tried to take photos of me wearing this quad, but it almost looked like nothing was worn, and certainly not enough to show shade and depth.
I realize that Chanel’s makeup philosophy leans toward a soft look; also, the brand caters more to fairer skintones rather than my darker ones. So it is to say that though I was disappointed in this quad, I was not at all surprized. Additionally, oddly enough when I looked at the ingredients of the shadows, they contained lanolin – though in the American versions, they do not (alternately, Chanel’s blushes in the US contain lanolin, but in Canada they do not). So, combined with the disappointing pigmentation, gritty texture, and inclusion of an ingredient I am allergic to – I took the quad back.
For reference purposes, I did take a few comparison swatches against shades I already own:
You can see that none are dupes, though the mauve shade and MAC Shale are similar, and the lilac shade and the lighter shade in the Hourglass Exhibition duo are close as well. I believe the nuances of these shades would be more pronounced with a better formula, and most definitely with a paler skintone. On me, sadly, they just fall flat.
Have you tried Vanités, or another Chanel quad? Have your experiences been positive or negative? Has anyone tried both the Canadian version and the US version and can comment on how they compare?
I have a backlog of photos and products to write about, but I must be saving them for a rainy day or something, because instead of posting them I just keep taking new photos of things. Yep. Makes total sense.
Anyway, tonight I was feeling like throwing some kind of look together so I did a Valentine’s Day FOTD because well – it’s in two days and it just seemed appropriate. It actually took only a handful of products, and isn’t anything to fancy, so could be easy to recreate if you feel so inclined. I was going to do two looks – a romantic ‘date’ look for those of you spending the special day with that special someone – and then a badass smokin’ hot look for gals like me who are rockin’ it out single-style. But I couldn’t get good photos no matter what I did tonight, so I gave up (but don’t worry, I have a fierce look to show you nonetheless, just maybe not Valentine’s Day themed).
Here’s the romantic look!
The ‘hairstyle’ I’m wearing here (haha, you’re probably like – ‘what hairstyle?’) is my signature ‘romantic’ style, in which I pin back the front pieces off my face. That’s it. Honestly guys, look at that hair, like WTF do you THINK I could actually do with it?? ~sigh~
To get a sweet glow, I put Burberry’s Fresh Glow luminizer on under my foundation (which I applied wet for a more sheer effect), added a touch of bronzer, and buffed in NARS Desire (a bright cool pink) on cheeks.
On lips, I’m wearing this neat product Taylor at My Lucite Dreams reviewed, called Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi by it Cosmetics. It’s clear and then adapts to your skin to turn a lovely shade of pink – truly your lip color but better. It feels great on and gives just the right amount of sheen. I thought it was a good choice because there should be no real transfer if you happen to be…putting you lips on someone else *wink wink nudge nudge* This is one of those random brands my aunt gives me here and there, that otherwise I would have never heard of before.
On eyes, I’m wearing Laura Mercier’s Suspense Duo, with the pale pinkish-beige all over the lid, and the deep burgundy brown in the crease and on the lower lash line. Then I used Laura Mercier’s Black Violet Kohl Liner just on the very outer edges of my eyes, top and bottom, and finished with a good dose of a non-clumping mascara (this one is called Lash Fix by Dalton – another ‘random’ brand given to me by my aunt).
BAM. Done! It took me less than 10 minutes start to finish. I always like kind of rosy tones when I’m trying to look sweet, fools ‘em every time
…speaking of rosy tones. Last week I tried to wear pink shadow on my eyes, as a possible Valentine’s look. Witness:
Eeks! This is NOT GOOD. I don’t think pink is impossible for me to wear, just not this one (theBalm Down Boy, which is a blush OR eyeshadow), or this way. I will keep trying!
Let’s finish up on a better note than that, OK? This is a look I wore Sunday to work at Clinique. Absolutely no Clinique products in sight (oops), but I figured if I had to work on a weekend, after a huge snowstorm, I was gonna do it up proper. The tweet I posted that day was a sneak peek – I loved it with the fur-lined hood and the wintery vibe outside! And, truth be told, I felt pretty kick-ass all day – I rarely wear color like this, and it felt so good!
I mean seriously, look how smug I am in these photos. I’m like “Yeah, that’s right. Just TRY it. Don’t mess with me. UHH.”
The shade I was wearing was Urban Decay’s Radium, with a bit of Money in the crease to blend, and a little black liquid liner on top to define the eye. The rest of the face was kept very neutral, with just a touch of bronzer and a matte nude lippie, blotted. I want to wear this look every day. This I can get away with it at work?????
So this post went from Valentine sweet to bitchin’ pretty quickly… essentially this was just an excuse to post a bunch of FOTD pics I’ve taken, hope you don’t mind If I had more time in the mornings, I take a boatload of more pics of my makeup looks, but alas – I am always running late. I’ll keep trying though!
What makeup look makes you feel badass? And what kind of look do you favor for Valentine’s Day?
I was going to leave my eyeshadow collection ’till last to swatch in my ‘find the gaps’ series of posts, but the superstorm (which…is kind of lackluster – yea, there’s lots of snow, but I want some action, darn it!) seemed like the perfect time to just get ‘er done – so I did! Oh man…for those of you who have larger collections than mine, I feel sorry for you if you attempt to do this – it is a BIG EFFING ORDEAL. I started last night and got just over halfway through before both (!) arms had had enough. I continued today and after needing to re-swatch several shade categories to get them *just right*, my left arm is just burning (as you’ll notice in the photos – red spots galore!). So: enough. I’m ready to rock ‘n roll. Now – let’s get into ‘er!
Note: All shades are permanent within their respective brands except where otherwise noted.WHITE EYESHADOWAvon True Color Quad in Smokey Eyes (satin white) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Uzi (shimmer w/glitter) (LE) ‘HIGHLIGHT’ EYESHADOWMake Up For Ever Star Powder in #920 (iridescent) KATE Real Create Eyes BR-2 Palette (white gold pearl) MAC Eyeshadow in Vex (frost) NUDE EYESHADOWMAC Eyeshadow in Next to Nothing (Cult of Cherry Tempting Quad – frost) (LE) Laura Mercier Eye Color Duet in Suspense (matte cool beige) (LE) Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Trench (satin) BEIGE, CHAMPAGNE & PEACH EYESHADOWUrban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (shimmer w/glitter) Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #13 Warm Beige (frost) Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Emerveille (shimmer) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Snatch (shimmer w/glitter) Kate Real Create Eyeshadow BR-2 Palette (soft peachy shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Arena (satin) GOLD EYESHADOWMAC Pigment in Melon (frost) Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Color in Gilded Moonlight (pearl) (LE) Clinique Touch Tint for Eyes in Gold Glimmer (shimmer) (discontinued) COPPER & ORANGE EYESHADOWMAC Eyeshadow in Amber Lights (frost) Ardene Eyeshadow in 8B (pearl) BRONZE EYESHADOWMAC Pigment in Cocomotion (frost) (LE) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog (shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Tempting (lustre) Clinique Color Surge Super Shimmer Eyeshadow in Rum Spice (shimmer) BROWN EYESHADOWMAC Eyeshadow in Dark Edge (Cult of Cherry Tempting Quad – satin) (LE) KATE Real Create Eyes BR-2 Palette (deep brown shimmer) Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #17 Espresso (matte) Laura Mercier Eye Color Duet in Suspense (matte burgundy brown) (LE) TAUPE-BROWN EYESHADOWS Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Suspect (shimmer) NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Rajasthan (beige-gold taupe) (shimmer) (LE) KATE Real Create Eyes BR-2 Palette (taupe shimmer) TAUPE-PURPLE EYESHADOWS NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Grand Palais (silver-taupe shimmer) Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Exhibition (mauve shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Shale (satin) bareMinerals High Shine Eye Color in Meteorite (frost) Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eye Shadow in Corinthian (shimmer) RED & PINK EYESHADOWL’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Mahogany (frost) Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Abstraction (shimmer) Avon True Color Quad in Smokey Eyes (matte light pink) MAUVE & ROSE EYESHADOW Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Bordello (shimmer w/glitter) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Last Call (metallic) NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Grand Palais (matte dusty rose) PLUM EYESHADOW NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Habanera (sparkling plum) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Rockstar (shimmer) Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Exhibition (eggplant shimmer) PURPLE EYESHADOW Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Psychedelic Sister (shimmer) MAC Paint in Infamous (metallic) (discontinued) BLUE EYESHADOW MAC Paint in Blue Boy (metallic) (discontinued) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Radium (shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Blue Edge (matte w/shimmer) (discontinued) AQUA & TEAL EYESHADOWS NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Rajasthan (blackened teal shimmer) (LE) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Loaded (metallic) theBalm Shady Lady Eyeshadow in Jealous Jordana (shimmer) Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 8E (matte) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Haight (shimmer) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Money (shimmer w/micro-glitter) (LE) NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Habanera (mint frost) GREEN EYESHADOW Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Kush (shimmer w/micro-glitter) Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eye Shadow in Jade (shimmer) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Mildew (shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Sharp (Cult of Cherry Tempting Quad – satin) (LE) Lise Watier Couleur Folle Eyeshadow in Folie Pomme (iridescent shimmer) Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #57 Chartreuse (satin) YELLOW EYESHADOW Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #24 Yellow (matte) MAC Eyeshadow in Bright Future ( KHAKI EYESHADOW Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow in #24 Smokey Copper (shimmer) Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in #6 Khaki Pulse (shimmer) Clinique Color Surge Soft Shimmer Eyeshadow in Autumn Moss (satin) TAUPE-SILVER EYESHADOWS Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Maui Wowie (metallic w/glitter) Bobbi Brown Chrome Eye Shadow in Pewter (frost) (LE) theBalm Shady Lady Eyeshadow in Insane Jane (shimmer) Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #2 Steel (shimmer) GREY EYESHADOW Avon True Color Quad in Smokey Eyes (medium grey & dove grey) (shimmer) BLACK EYESHADOWS MAC Pigment in Dark Soul (frost w/glitter) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Perversion (matte)
Did you make it??
…So. To be honest, when I started swatching all my makeup, I was originally just trying to find a way to justify new purchases – if it could be considered a shade I didn’t already own, then I would feel free to go for it. However, now I’ve discovered that being so fully aware of what I own, has made me really excited to play with my current collection, instead of seeking out new products. I especially noticed this with this eyeshadow post – there are so truly fabulous shades in there! While there are still of course colors I’d like to pick up to fill the gaps (namely – a lilac and a skintone [MY skintone, to clarify] shade, among a couple others), overall I’m WELL aware I have a ton of shades to rock out and don’t really *need* anything else at the moment. I did notice I have a lot less color than I imagined, but that’s actually OK because I don’t tend to wear it a ton and try to avoid buying a lot of it only for it to go unused. I think my stash is fairly representative of the kind of makeup I wear day to day! So SCORE for being logical in my purchases
I am kinda worn out from the work necessary to do this post, so I’m done now LOL. But – I have questions for you!
Do you see any gaps that I could fill? What shades make up the bulk of your eyeshadow collection?? Also – anyone bother to count how many shades I have? I’m too tired now to bother LOL
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While I was in NZ (how many times have I said that on the blog now? A billion?), I was for the first time in as long as I can remember, totally unfocused on makeup and skincare and generally all the pretty things I consume myself with in a normal day here at home. However, while killing time in Auckland one day, I was browsing a Japanese cosmetics store in a mall there and happened to see these cute little shadow palettes for sale. The line was KATE, a drugstore-level sub-brand by Kanebo (the same company that produces the lines LUNASOL and SENSAI). Not having tried any Japanese brands before (and hearing so many great things about them), I figured I’d pick one up to try.
Debuting in 1997, KATE’s brand motto is ‘No More Rules,’ forgoing conventional makeup trends to adopt a more contemporary and urban take on beauty products. It turns out that eye makeup is a hallmark of the brand, so I’m pleased that I seemed to make a good choice. The product I purchased is one of the Real Create Eyes eyeshadow palettes, which are designed to create ‘naturally contoured large eyes‘ and do so with ‘clear, soft-transmitting colors and a deep monotone colors.’ I purchased mine for $35NZ (about $29CAD), and it contains 5 eyeshadow shades in similar tones and varying finishes.
The palette I chose was in ‘shade’ BR-2, which I guess stands for Brown and the 2nd of three different brown-toned palettes (out of five – there is also a green-toned and blue-toned one too). As you can see, there is a pearly shade on the top left (which has a cream formula – all the rest are powder); a dark, cool brown in the top right; a creamy white-gold in the bottom right; a warm champagne shade bottom left; and a beige-taupe shade in the middle.
I’ve had this palette now for two months, and have just started to use it now. And boy, what I was missing!! I am generally not a fan of palettes because usually one or two (or more, depending on the size) shades don’t get used, and I feel like it’s just taking up space. But this one is small and compact, the shades aren’t terribly large (which might be a drawback for some, but not for me!), and I find each shade extremely wearable. The formula of the powders are soft but not powdery, terribly smooth, and apply easily with medium pigmentation. They are ‘sheer’ colors: as in, they look very natural when worn, and though they all contain shimmer it is not glaringly obvious or metallic in any way, so quite office-appropriate if that is a concern. The most densely pigmented shade is the white-gold, which happens to be my favorite and I’ve been wearing it as my inner eye highlight almost every day now. It’s got a slight duochrome-y-ness to it that I LOVE, and it’s just so smooth and shimmery without being too sparkly.
It gives the most wonderful glow to the eye and is just the right balance of cool and warm, so that I can wear it with pretty much any eye makeup. Above, aside from the white-gold, I’m wearing the champagne from lash line to crease, the deep brown in the crease and on the bottom lash line, and the taupe to blend. You can see how naturally it all wears and blends together. I’ve worn these shadows twice now without primer and experienced excellent staying power with only slight fading over the course of the day.
I have yet to use the cream formula, though I’m intrigued to see how it will work. Here is a closer swatch:
I don’t know if it’ll apply so ‘sheen-y’ to the eye and with such a whitish-pink hue. I did swatch it heavily to show the tone so I suspect it will be subtle. I plan on trying it tonight so we’ll see how it goes! It feels smooth, not gritty at all, and is slightly tacky but not gummy in the least.
Indications on the back of the plastic packaging box on where each shade should be placed on the eye. ‘A’ which is the cream ‘glow’ color, doesn’t have a specific area noted but I’m sure it explains it in the text…which of course I cannot read
I’m super-enamoured with this palette overall, I love how the tones and finishes provide an eye-opening effect so easily. For the white-gold alone I would buy this palette; it’s like nothing I own and I often find frustration with pale colors that others can use in the inner corners because they often run too cool or frosty on me. I can see myself already gravitating toward these shadows on a daily basis, which is highly unusual for this fickle gal. The only issue I have is the packaging, which I actually like the look of, but which feels quite flimsy. However, I did drop this the other day (argh! I hate when I do that!), and the top of the case came off, but was able to just snap back in place without incident, and none of the shades were broken. So maybe it’s not such a bad setup after all…?
Unfortunately, when I looked up online where to buy KATE aside from Asia (where it’s sold in most countries), there did not seem to be any other locations available and no online option. However, I suspect that if you are in a store like the one I was in, that specializes in Asian cosmetics, you might get lucky. I would highly recommend taking a look if you have that option, as these shadows/palettes are absolutely lovely and at an entirely reasonable price given the quality.
Update: Lovely reader Mimi let me know that you can purchase KATE online at adambeauty, among other Japanese cosmetics brands! I just did a ‘trial run’ to see how it would all work, and it looks like you could buy this palette for $15US plus $2US shipping (international). CRAZY!!! I’m half-tempted to pick up a few other palettes myself! She notes that sometimes products are out of stock, but for the prices I don’t know that I’d be all that bothered to just keep checking back. Another site she’s checked out (but not shopped from yet) is gooddealer, which appears to have brands like Shiseido and Kose, as well as KATE – though it doesn’t seem exceptionally user-friendly. Anyway, so not all is lost if you’d like to get your hands on this or other Japanese brands!
Have you tried KATE before? What has been your experience with Japanese brands? Do you have any to recommend?
Today I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs (I am SO behind!), and of course I started noticing a trend – everyone was talking about holiday beauty, in some way or another. It always comes as a shock to me that as soon as November begins, the holidays begin in full-force without a pause – it was especially weird being away from home and seeing decorations going up everywhere in New Zealand ~brain does not compute.~ I find it particular distressing to see all the beautiful holiday makeup collections and sets coming out that are desperately calling my name, because I feel so guilty splurging on myself when it should be spent on others (I sometimes like to employ the ‘one for you, one for me strategy’ in my weaker moments).
Aside from the consumerism-mode that we can get into during the holidays, another aspect is actually putting looks together, whether it be fashion or makeup. Yesterday I pulled out all my red, gold and silver makeup (just realized I forgot green….must correct that!) to have at the ready so I can be as festive as possible (though I did see a couple of great looks today that didn’t showcase the requisite ‘holiday colors’, which got me thinking outside the box a little bit). While you don’t need to be as
anal organized as I am, it does help to lessen the stress of what makeup to wear if you have a couple go-to products at the ready. Here’s where Make Up For Ever’s new All Eyes On You set comes in!
The kit contains (click on links for previous reviews): an HD Microfinish Powder; an Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Color in #16 (a pink-beige shimmer); two of their waterproof, long-wearing Aqua Eyes Eyeliners in 21L (dark metallic grey) and 0L (mat black); and a Smoky Lash Extra Black mascara.
As I already own all the products in this set except for the Aqua Cream shade (of which I own several other shades), I can attest to their awesomeness as I’ve been using them all for some time. While the Smoky Lash formula isn’t my favorite, looking back at the photos I took of the mascara worn, it really did give my lashes some oomph! The liners, with their waxy-like finish, wear exceptionally well, and 21L (gifted to me by the lovely Liz of Beauty Reductionista) is one of my favorite liner shades ever – somehow both soft and defining at the same time (see photo of me rocking it out, below). The HD powder is wonderful at setting makeup and giving a flawless, smooth finish – just be sure to use a light hand (I know some who have concerns about it turning white under the camera’s flash, but I’ve personally never experienced this).
The Aqua Cream shade, #16, is a metallic beigey-pink that can be applied sparingly to the eyelid for a subtle, eye-opening look, or heavier for a more dazzling look. You can also wear this on the cheekbone as a highlighter. On the back of the kit box they have two suggested looks to try, one of which is described as a ‘soft shimmer’ (in which you use the color smudged on the eye); the other is for ‘dramatic glamour,’ where they recommend the product be worn on the both the brow and cheek bones.
Like the festive background in the last shot??? There’s a reason for this…as I don’t own this shade, I guerrilla-swatched it at Sephora at the mall this past weekend. WHY would I do that, you ask , when I already have the product in my possession!?
You see…in the spirit of the holidays and giving and all that – I thought it might be nice not to mar this pretty collection and share the love with one of my most excellent readers Seems many of you stuck by me even when I was MIA for almost 6 weeks, and I don’t take that lightly! It was such an unexpected treat to come home to find that my readership held steady the entire time. You guys totally and utterly ROCK!!
SO! Let get this giveaway on the go, shall we? Contest is open to all residents of North America ages 18 and over, and all you need to do to enter is let me know what’s your favorite thing about the holiday season. Simple, right? Of course, you’ll get extra entries if you ‘Like’ Beauty Obsessed on Facebook, if you follow ‘xbeautyobsessed’ on Twitter, and if you tweet about the giveaway! Contest closes November 30th at 12:01am EST (soo that’s like…1am my time. Right
I love this Rafflecopter business, it makes things SO darn easy – except the widget doesn’t like WordPress or something and won’t visually show up in this post. Never fear, if you click on the link above, it’ll take you to where you need to go Good luck to all that enter – and an early ‘Happy Holiday wish’ to you!
Oh, one more question – is it too early to start drinking rum and eggnog?!
Hardy har har. I know, lame pun for the title. But honestly, I had to just go with it. It’s been a long week, OK? Forgive me
Really though, I have been keeping this gem all to myself for way too long. But not even intentionally, I promise! The problem was, I just wasn’t that interested once I received Laura Mercier’s Eye Colour Duet in Suspense – even though I’d seen how smokin’ it looked on Karen from MBB (which is why I bought it), and the texture is gorgeous, all soft like a baby’s bottom (seriously – it’s mega-soft) – it just looked blah to me, and the first time I tried it out, it did not do me any favours. Also,ever since I had the major reaction to LM’s Secret Concealer, I’ve been sort of leery of the brand.
But then I actually wore Suspense as part of my look one day, and BAM! I got over myself. And I was totally hooked!!
The duo consists of a ‘neutral beige’ – which I find leans a bit cool and pinky – and a ‘plum brown’. I really liked the idea of the duo, and conjured up some serious fall-ish looks when I went to buy. And after I figured out how to wear it – which was mainly, just to wear it already (the reddish tones in the brown can make you look a bit ill if you don’t have other makeup on), it looked just as good if not better than I’d hoped.
The smokiness and the warmth of the brown is really something else. It made my eyes just smoulder without needing to do much of anything at all! And the lasting power was out of this world – I got about 10 hours of wear from this product, sans primer, and I went for a run somewhere in between (I know it’s weird I run in makeup – but I only have so much time at lunch!), with absolutely no fading whatsoever. I think the reason this impresses me so much in particular is just how soft the shadows are – I feel like they should just fade away to nothing with how light and buttery they are!
I thought that perhaps I had a similar shade to the brown in MUFE’s #17 Espresso shadow, but it’s quite a bit more grey when you see the two compared. I also compared MAC’s ‘Next to Nothing’ from the Cult of Cherry shadow quad to the beige shade – they’re close but the LM color is far superior in wear and it just looks better on me – softer and more romantic.
Another comparison I wanted to make was size-wise – the compact is a bit teeny when you put it up against other typical duos:
The NARS duo is 0.14oz, while the Laura Mercier one is 0.09oz. The prices reflect the difference somewhat though, with NARS charging $39CAD per duo and LM ringing in at $27CAD. I personally don’t mind the smaller size at all; goodness knows I’ll never finish a shadow, so the smaller the better!
I am kicking myself now for waiting for so long to give this duo a shot! They’re a perfect match and with just these two you can make a few looks without needing much else for the eyes but mascara. I also like that this is seasonless – I’ll be able to wear it year-round (though it really does work perfectly for fall!). Even though I’m slow on the uptake showing you this product, it’s still available on Laura Mercier’s website and Neiman Marcus (remember – free shipping!), so – go get ‘em!
What’s your favorite eyeshadow pairing? Do you opt for browns, plums, or greys for your fall shadows (or something else entirely!)?
I’m having a bit of a moment lately; I’m rather uninspired to write, or even read blogs the past couple weeks. Part of that is due to the fact that I’m trying to not buy anything: with my trip to New Zealand less than a week away (so crazy!!), I just can’t justify buying any pretties, especially just to have them sit there for over a month unused while I travel. I know there are plenty of things I could write about, but the new stuff is always the most fun, am I right? The other part is that anything that’s giving me the lemming itch doesn’t come out until after I leave, and will likely be sold out when I return, so what’s the point of getting excited for nothing? It’s a sad state of affairs, my friends.
Wearing Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre over Clinique’s Rum Spice Color Surge Eyeshadow. As beautiful as Abstraction is, it can be tricky to get the true shimmering beauty to translate on the eye. The deep warm bronze of Rum Spice helped give it a solid base to build upon.
What’s weird about this is that I’ve actually been more inspired than ever to play with makeup – almost every day I try a new ‘look’ and end up actually loving it. It seems that while I’m having an ‘off’ month with respect to blogging, nevertheless I’m clearly having a makeup moment, in which I’ve figured out truly how to wear it. That sounds kind of ridiculous considering I’ve been blogging for a while (with FOTD’s) and I have been doing wedding and event makeup for like, 10 years. But truly – I’ve JUST GOT IT.
After a breakup, there’s often that feeling of wanting a change, to start fresh. Naturally, my feeling was instantly related to beauty, and I decided to start focusing more on just one feature rather than overwhelming my face. While I generally stick to that rule in theory, I would often do a smoky eye and neutral lips – but then add just a touch too much blush. Or bold lips but then add a bit of shadow, which would end up looking ‘too done.’ I’ve really toned it down this fall, and now if I do a strong lip then I wear just the barest hint of blush and mascara. Or I’ll wear a fierce flush and keep everything else very minimal (though sometimes I will go for a juicy matching pout). I find the effect has been MUCH more satisfactory to me, and I’ve actually gotten a lot more compliments on how I look.
The real reason for this change was that I really want to make a statement. My wardrobe is relatively basic, with only a few outfits that make me feel on-trend; makeup is really where I shine. If I can’t generate attention via my closet, I can surely make something happen with my beauty approach, right? And it seems that I’ve just about nailed it
Though the looks I’m showing in this post are all focused on eyes, believe me when I say that I’ve been having quite the time with dramatic lips this season as well – it’s just that I’ve already on one of the shades (Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L102, which I love more every day!), and I’m planning on posting the other shade I’ve been rocking lately (keep your eyes peeled!). What pleases me about these eye looks specifically is that not only have I gotten the rest of the makeup down pat, but I’ve managed to blend and layer my shadows much better than usual, which has made some previously hard-to-wear shades, actually quite wearable!
L’Oreal’s Golden Mahogany Infallible shadow, using MAC’s Vex once again as an inner eye/lid color.I was inspired this week on Refinery29 about pairing reddish eyeshadow with silver, so I had to try it out – and I absolutely LOVED it! New favorite right here.
In any case, while I’ve been somewhat absent around these here parts, don’t you think for a second that I’m not still living and breathing beauty. I just seem to have a combination of writer’s block, decreased funds, and a mega-trip on my mind – but I think when I get back in November, I’m going to be chock full of energy to get back on the horse again. I’ve been particularly desperate to do some swatching series, but as my hands and forearms have been having serious eczema breakout for two months now, it’s just not going to happen until that clears up I’m hoping the fresh NZ air will fix me – both my skin and my brain
Which look is your favorite? Do you ever go through ‘slow’ spells with makeup and/or blogging?
G’day to everyone!! I have been MIA for a while, longer than usual anyway – I have a backlog of photos of products to post, but I can’t seem to get inspired to write anything about them! Not that they aren’t all great in their different ways, but I guess I’m starting to feel like I’m just pumping out product reviews and not enough substance, you know? I need some time to do some more FOTD’s with underused products – now THAT was fun
I’m also doing an overhaul of my makeup stash and letting go of even more products that I just don’t use. I’ve been obsessing over my wishlist far too much and it’s getting to the point where I’m almost turned off the whole thing (as in, the buy buy buy! cycle). I updated my swap list on MUA and have been engaged in several different exchanges, trying to acquire things that I’ve been lemming but are core color products of a brand – I want to save most of my purchases for seasonal items or ‘big-ticket’ purchases that aren’t so easily swapped for. I’m thinking about doing a blog sale as well, though I don’t know how exciting some of the products may be…thoughts!?
In the meantime, I thought I’d do a ‘Summer Favorites’ rundown, versus my favorite of the month, because there hasn’t been just one thing I’ve been loving in July, but there have been a handful of things I keep returning to over and over!
Even though I love brights in the summer – vivid tropical hues that I never wear the rest of the year – I rarely have opportunities to wear them (I sometimes get ~crazy~ at work but overall I try to keep it appropriate). Often, my palette includes more natural, glowing hues that highlight my tanned skin and healthy glow, rather than being in-your-face. It’s one of the few times of the year where wearing less usually works to your advantage, and I like to capitalize on that!
I managed to snag Urban Decay’s ‘Lucky’ 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in a swap last year, and although I loved how it looked, I didn’t wear it too often. However, this year in my effort to spread the love throughout my stash, I started playing with it more, and I think I’ve found my go-to makeup look: this, smudged over black eyeliner on both top and bottom lashes, enhances my eyes subtly but with a kind of bad-ass twist. It’s been a staple in my summer routine many days now, and I absolutely LOVE it. The metallic nature of this liner and the warm coppery hue, toned down a bit by the black, gives a depth to my makeup that is just perfect.
On days when I’m aiming to look even more natural, or to give a subtle glow to my look, I opt for MAC’s Melon Pigment, also another swap find (yay to being economical!), a peachy-gold metallic. On fair-medium skin, I hear the peach tones help it look particularly striking, especially on blue-eyed gals. On my skintone, it looks more golden than peach, and is fairly subtle – though it can be built up if need be, or applied wet. With just this and a whole lot of black mascara, I can create a wide-open eye that catches the light just so. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think I could even use this as a highlight on my cheekbones (though this probably only works for darker skinned gals).
The Milani Sunset Beach bronzer is one of the most inexpensive items in my stash, yet I wear this every day – the brownish tone is a slightly warm but overall neutral hue that works fabulously as a contour shade just under the cheekbone. It’s not too orange or muddy, and it’s got a great pigmentation that’s not heavy but just right to work well in layers if needed. If I’m in a hurry, buffing this on my temples, bridge of the nose, and just under the jawline as well gives me a great warmth and really makes me look polished with very little effort.
Obviously you’ve already heard all about my love of Chanel’s Inattendu polish – it’s just the perfect nude, especially for summer, when the warmer tones flatter skin so nicely. And because I wear SO many brights this time of year, it acts as the perfect counter-point. You really can’t go wrong!
MAC’s Lychee Luxe Lipglass is a glorious coral-pink shade with golden shimmer, and is so pretty on that I forgive it’s sticky texture. I can wear this with a variety of looks, either bold eyes or more natural, with golds and brights and jewel-tones, and it works for each one of them. On my somewhat pigmented lips and with my darker skin, it looks warm and juicy, giving my lips just enough color without ever being overwhelming or stealing the show. While I have decided not to buy any more MAC Lipglasses because of the texture problem mentioned, I’ll be genuinely sad to see this one go – and it’s only got about 1/3 left!
While all of these shades work perfectly for day or night, I’ve generally been wearing only loose powder to lightly even out my skintone during the day. When I’m headed to an event or out for the evening however, I like to look a bit more pulled together, and I’ve been using Make Up For Ever’s Face & Body foundation* in #18 ($40CAD) – a super lightweight foundation that covers imperfections without feeling heavy or like you’re wearing much of anything. As it’s water-based, its quite thin and is perfect for the hot, makeup-melting days of summer. It can also be built up to give extra coverage where needed – and can be used on the body as well (I love me some multi-purpose products!). #18 (for medium skin with olive undertones) is a very good match for my summer-tanned skin, and is warm, not ashy, which is great. I’m thinking about mixing a bit of this with my Hourglass Immaculate foundation when the cooler months arrive, as it leans a touch light and grey on me, and I think the two formulations will mix fairly well.
Here are some swatches of all the products above (left to right – MAC Lychee Luxe, MAC Melon, UD Lucky, Milani Sunset Beach, MUFE #18):
Honourable mentions go to MAC’s Arena eyeshadow (I’m plugging that shade hard, aren’t I?) and some of my other fave polish shades – Essie’s Bikini So Teeny (can’t get enough), MAC’s Mischievous Mint (the bottle is half-empty – seriously!), China Glaze’s Pink Plumeria (look for an upcoming ‘combo’ post with this shade), and Deb Lippmann’s Daytripper (check it out below!).
My mother keeps telling me I should be showcasing my polishes with color-contrasting objects, and I just happened to buy this especially pretty pale aqua throw pillows, sooo…
Pretty, huh? Initially when picked this up, I was disappointed when I tried it on – it’s more of a jelly texture, which is great, but not what I was expecting. And in artificial light, the shade fell a bit flat. However, the next day, I totally turned the other cheek – I couldn’t get enough of how lovely it was! It’s extremely shiny on it’s own, and so juicy – the jelly texture actually really makes it more than your regular coral polish, it just too this ol’ gal a little longer to see it ;P
What are some of your favorite summer items and looks?? Do share, I’d love to get some more ideas!
*Product provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.