Posts Tagged Spring 2012
When I look back, it’s amazing to me how much I didn’t know in the beauty world before reading, and consequently writing, blogs. I had never heard much of anything about MAC’s Tendertones, until I saw the flurry of people excited to see that they would be making a comeback with this season’s “Shop MAC, Cook MAC” collection. Interested to see what all the fuss was about, and also being a big fan of lip balms in general, I decided to pick one up for myself and join the status quo. This is my third and final LE purchase of the season, and I’m not so sure I made a good decision there, but…well, I’ll let you read on to see how I feel about it (haha – hooked ya!).First of all, one of the selling points about the Tendertones seem to be about their scent. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of it – it’s quite saccharine and reminds me of some lip product I wore when I was in Junior High. It smells like fruit juice – or maybe those sippies we used to drink as kids! Maybe that’s what I remember…. ANYWAY, it’s not unpleasant, or a deterrent really, but just isn’t ~selling~ me on the product being more out of this world than any other lip balm. I far prefer the more adult lemon-sugar scent of the Fresh balms.The texture of the balm is one with quite a bit of slip – it’s not sticky, and glides on the lips very easily – almost too easily for my liking. I wore this for a day straight and I probably had to reapply every half hour or so, no joke! I don’t actually mind reapplying product to my lips (because in this twisted mind of mine, it means I’m using it up, which means of course – something new!), but I found the necessity of doing so in this case a bit ridiculous. It’s not that my lips felt dry exactly – I just felt like I had to continuously reapply more balm for my lips to feel comfortable. I dunno. Weird.Lastly, the color. In the swatches above, I was piling it on quite thick. In truth, all four Tendertone options were quite sheer; aside from Purring, a juicy tangerine, there was a bronze-golden shade (Hush-Hush), a shimmering lemon-lime (Tread Gently), and Hot ‘n’ Saucy (cherry), and looked like next to nothing swatched and worn (with a bit more color for the red) – however, I still had hope. I picked Purring as it seemed more appropriate for the season, and I thought perhaps it would show up more than it seemed under the bright lights of the MAC store. Err…yeah. See for yourself:Let me tell you now that THAT is essentially what my lips look like au natural. There is the slightest hint of orange there, but for all intents and purposes, it’s a clear balm. All things considered, if the other components (the smell and the wear/hydration) were up to snuff, the non-existence of color wouldn’t be a deal at all. However, the balm overall is quite disappointing in all aspects. The only bonus is that it contains SPF – but if I have to reapply constantly, I’m concerned that the SPF is going ~poof~ in an instant too, so that may not be a selling point either.
Clearly you can tell that my final LE purchase of the season was a dud. I considered returning it, but honestly couldn’t be bothered – and I’ll still use it here and there, as it IS a balm and I can always use more of those. I meant to post this earlier to potentially ward others off wasting their money, but I was just so put off by the product I couldn’t find the ~oomph~ to do it until now (sorry ). Probably my favorite thing about this was the cute box. That’s really sad, isn’t it?
Have you tried any of the MAC Tendertones, past or present? What are your thoughts? Am I just being too hard to please?
I know it’s strange to start with purchase #2 since I have yet to post about purchase #1 – but the problem is, I’m not sure I’m going to keep #1, so until I make a decision, I’m not going to post about it. In the sequence of events however, Chanel’s Blush Horizon de Chanel was my second LE purchase this season, so for the time being it will remain in the #2 spot.
Moving forward, let’s get on with the showcasing of this gorgeous product, shall we? And really…this is definitely a stunner, in every way, so get prepared to shell out the big bucks if you fall in love with it as much as I have!After seeing a ton of product photos and swatches online, I was filled with both intense longing as well as some trepidation for Chanel’s Spring blockbuster, Blush Horizon. I adored the multi-hued pink stripes (which I seriously think equals fabulosity right off the bat), and the natural glowing flush it gave on other bloggers – but was worried that the comments about it being better suited for fair-skinned gals would prove to be true. I looked high and low for swatches on darker skin coloring, but came up empty-handed. At $74CAD, this is not a thrifty expense by any means, and if it didn’t show up on me, I’d have to relinquish my undying love and regretfully leave it to be enjoyed by others. When I received the call late Friday afternoon from Mills that the Chanel Spring 2012 collection had finally come in, it was during a snowstorm and there was no way I was going out again. Thankfully, because I’m a regular and the ladies there are fantastic, they held it for me until Saturday morning. I got up bright and early and arrived shortly after it opened Saturday (can you say eager??). I had one of the SA’s apply it on my cheeks to see how it would look, and thankfully – success! It showed up as a pretty soft pink glow that was definitely apparent on my darker skin. Without hesitation I bought it (tax-free! Bonus!!) and hurried home to play with it some more.
There are four shades of pink (and one strip of white) in Blush Horizon, some shimmery and some matte, which are dispersed at random throughout the palette. I’m sure if you were intent on using the colors individually in some way, you could, but I can’t imagine why you’d want to – they’re meant to be used together to allow for a multi-dimensional look. Even though the blush looks quite pigmented, the shades are quite soft – it took a bit of building to get the swatches of each strip to show distinctively. I find the palette to be relatively neutral-leaning, not too cool or warm.In the swatches below, I ran a stipling brush over the entire pan to create the swatches. If I had just gone by arm swatches, I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t have bought Blush Horizon, as it shows up only very faintly on my skin. However, the ‘glowy’ effect (not sparkly, and not even truly shimmery) is quite apparent.To get a true idea of the coloring and look of Blush Horizon, I felt it necessary to also do face shots – please excuse the squinty, tired-looking eyes as I was sitting in direct sunlight with no other makeup on (so, not my best face!). I think the shots do provide a better picture of the blush however, so I took one for the team and posted ‘em anyway By no means is this a dramatic blush with stand-out color – but that’s exactly why I love it. I read once that women of color look most flattering in blushes that are intensely pigmented, and while I do love a bright blush, I find I really like the look of a more subtle blush, particularly on me. In person, this blush looks quite captivating in the most wonderfully unobtrusive way. I wore this out yesterday for a lovely Winter walk with my boyfriend; it was a very chilly but sunny day, and the effect was perfect for the occasion – flushed, healthy-looking, glowing cheeks, with no obvious shimmer that would look gaudy in sunshine. The wear of the blush was exceptional – throughout the two hour cold walk, and for the rest of the day it remained intact over moisturizer and foundation (no primer was used).
Chanel’s Blush Horizon de Chanel is without a doubt the most expensive makeup item I’ve ever purchased. However, since putting it on I have not had one minute of buyers remorse – it has proved to be everything I desperately hoped it to be, and more. I had been aching to own a striped blush for quite some time, and now I finally have one! I also think I will get a lot of use out of this product – despite the paler nature of this blush, it wasn’t at all ashy on my skintone, and even when I’m more tanned I’m certain I’ll be able to use it as a radiant highlighter during in the warmer months. Excitingly, a look through the ingredients proved that this product also does not contain fragrance (though I’ll admit I was surprized, for Chanel), so it shouldn’t cause any issues with my eczema either.
I could go on and on about the virtues of this blush, but really what I’m hoping is that you’ll just get out there and pick one up for yourself, stat!! You owe it to yourself to own this product – and if you’re looking for something that will go far in your makeup stash, you just found it.
Have you given in to Chanel’s newest blush offering? What beauty items are you coveting this Spring season??
Typical Gemini – I Can’t Even Focus on Holiday Beauty, I’m Already Distracted with Thoughts of Spring!
The Holidays haven’t even passed, and Winter here in Halifax is just getting into full swing – and already I’m itching to get my hands on some of the new Spring offerings that are cropping up around the blogosphere and at your local beauty counters!! What can I say, I love me some beauty While I haven’t seen any of these products firsthand, here are some great posts that are sure to inspire lemmings in you the same way they did me:
Though I’ve been in a slight polish slump the past couple months, I think OPI’s Holland collection will help bring me back to the light – Fashion Polish has made sure of that!
I don’t own a lot of Laura Mercier makeup, but it might be time to change that – the upcoming Lingerie collection I saw on Temptalia is too pretty to resist!
I skipped out on the first Urban Decay Naked palette, and stand by my decision. Will I be able to retain my willpower against the Naked 2 palette? xSparkage aids in my decision with a great comparison post.
Though this product has apprently been available in Canada since October, I just saw an ad for it for the first time last week – the Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo! Cinnamon Kitten has details on it’s effectiveness, and it sounds great!
Another product that’s not new to the beauty scene, but new on my radar – due to the initial reaction of Liz at Beauty Reductionista, I just might have to take a good long look at the Clarisonic Mia and determine whether or not I should add it to my beauty repetoire!
I hope everyone is having a great Holiday!! What kind of loot did Santa bring you??