Review: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine #54 “Boy”

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Rouge Coco Shine #54 Boy

This was an impulse buy. I went to the Chanel counter intending to buy an eyeshadow quad, which I did. Then, on a whim, I decided to get one of the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks. For the price, this lipstick is just okay. It’s very sheer, which I like, but it’s not as moisturizing as I expected. It feels moisturizing when you first put it on, but it disappears very quickly and leaves a dry feeling in its wake. I know that sheer lipsticks generally don’t have much staying power, but this one wears off within minutes. It also has a slightly gritty texture. You can feel the shimmer bits when you press your lips together. I expect a more refined, luxurious formula from a prestige brand like Chanel.

Review: Chanel Les 4 Ombres #226 Tissé Rivoli

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tisserivolichanel This eyeshadow quad from Chanel, #226 Tissé Rivoli, has turned out to be the sleeper hit of my recent Vancouver haul. I seriously didn’t expect to love this as much as I do. I bought this purely because I’ve always wanted to own at least one thing from Chanel and figured that these basic neutrals would be a safe bet.  As it turns out, there’s more to this palette than meets the eye. They’re a little more sheer than say, Urban Decay, but they still have decent colour payoff. The sheerness comes from the lighter, baked texture rather than from a lack of pigment. I love the way these look on the skin. They add colour and dimension without the bulk that you get from some shadows. The shades in this palette are perfectly coordinated and give you a lot of options for looks ranging from daytime to evening.  They look almost humdrum in the pan, but once they’re blended onto the lids they catch the light beautifully and create a look that’s rich and sophisticated. The taupe in the upper left corner is particularly stunning, because it has very fine multi-coloured glitter particles that change colours with the light. I thought this would be something I’d only use once in a while, but I keep reaching for it again and again.

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My New Cream Shadow Obsession: Dior Fusion Mono Shadows

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Left: #661 Météore Right: #381 Millenium

I’ve written a full review of the Dior Fusion Mono Shadows here, but I wanted to update and post some swatch pics of my newest acquisitions: #661 Météore and #381 Millenium. I love them both, but I think Millenium might be my favourite. It’s a very multidimensional shade, taupe in some lights, khaki green in others. I think it’s one that would be flattering on almost anyone. Météore is a slightly coppery golden beige with LOTS of sparkle. I’m obsessed with these! They’re so quick and easy to use, and they make a big impact with little effort.

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Review: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (Matte and Poreless)

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Shade 112 Natural Ivory

I’ve been a long-time powder foundation devotee, but the other day I got a hankering to go back to liquid. It’s been several years since the last time I purchased a liquid foundation, but I think I got bit by the foundation testing bug because my sister’s been testing different foundations in search of the perfect wedding day makeup. She had nothing but good things to say about the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, so I figured that was a good place to start. I went with the Matte and Poreless version for normal to oily skin in shade 112 Natural Ivory. I’ve been using this for a little over a week now, and so far I’m impressed. This is a really good quality foundation for the price.
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Review: NARS Dual Intensity Blush in “Panic”

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NarsPanicThese new Dual Intensity Blushes from NARS have major pan appeal, am I right? The unique shades, the glowy finish, the geometric embossing…I could go on. Needless to say, I was desperate to get my mitts on one of these from the moment I first saw them in the “What’s New” section on Sephora.com. Since they come with a fairly hefty price tag, I’m glad I had the opportunity to check them out in store before buying. I went to Vancouver last weekend and made a beeline for the NARS display as soon as I got there. And then…I almost didn’t buy one! I took a look at the testers, did some swatching and then walked away thinking that these just weren’t for me. I thought the shades were too bright and the finish was too shiny. I like my blushes subtle and matte, and these were just too much for me. What looked gorgeous and wearable on my computer screen, looked garish and glittery under the intense lights in the store.

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