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Clarins · Spring 2017 Make-Up Collection

 

The Spring 2017 Make-Up Collection from Clarins is … wait for it … absolutely lovely AND totally wearable. Is it just me, or does this brand seem to fly under most people’s radar? Regardless, there’s much to recommend and apart from some really well made products, they’ve also managed to infuse a touch of nostalgia with this latest release.

 

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Christian Louboutin Beauté Oeil Vinyle Liner & Les Yeux Noirs Mascara

 

“I was always fascinated by how much the eyes say. The eyes have a life. Makeup only accentuates what you want to reveal”

Christian Louboutin, the man behind those covet-worthy red soles, has just upped the stakes in the world of colour cosmetics with his foray into eye makeup. Ancient Egypt served as the source of inspiration for this collection, in particular Queen Nefertiti and her famously sculpted eyes, while the luxurious packaging is an amalgamation of Egyptian lotus motifs and Art Deco symmetry — with studs thrown in for that iconic Louboutin vibe, bien sûr.

 

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Charlotte Tilbury · The Legendary Muse Palette & Black Diamonds Colour Chameleon, Holiday 2016

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For Holiday 2016, Charlotte Tilbury has released several gift sets at varying price points; one such item is The Legendary Muse Eyeshadow Palette that is not only filled with four party-ready shades, but comes adorned with a festive star pattern on the lid. A new discovery for me is this Black Diamonds Colour Chameleon, a combination of smokey, sexy, sophisticated, and glam all housed in once pencil. Sounds almost too good to be true, right? It’s not.

To see all previous reviews on this brand, click on this Charlotte Tilbury link

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The Legendary Muse Luxury Palette, limited edition (CAN $64.00) | Four eyeshadow shades bearing varying degrees of shimmer (and one with glitter), housed in the brand’s signature deep burgundy & rose gold compact but prettied up for the holidays with a star pattern on the lid. The shade breakdown:

  • top left – rose gold, shimmer
  • top right – champagne gold, satin shimmer
  • bottom left – gold with ultra fine glitter
  • bottom right – peach/rose/gold, satin shimmer

Right on point with the rose gold trend that’s still going strong in both fashion and cosmetics, this palette is perfect for those who want a little bit of glamour to their look but still want it to be utterly wearable. All four hues apply smoothly and blend flawlessly with no fall down, although it should be noted that the gold shade is not as opaque as the rest due to its ultrafine glitter, but is made even lovelier because of that since you can almost ‘control’ the bling factor better — or even layer it over other shades to add a touch of sparkle. Staying power (over primer) is excellent, staying true until removed.

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Black Diamonds Colour Chameleon (CAN $32.00) | An eyeliner pencil in a chubby stick format in a deep charcoal hue filled with finely ground silvery/gold glitter. The texture is incredibly creamy, which means it will apply easily and without any harsh tugging along the sensitive skin of your eyes. Once applied, you do have about a minute or so to smudge/blend it out; after that, it’s basically set in stone. What makes this standout for me, is the good ratio of glitter in the mix that gives a lift to what would otherwise be a run-of-the-mill blackened liner. NOTE: not to be applied to the waterline.

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Shimmer aside, this palette didn’t initially feel very ‘holiday’ to me at first glance, but after swatching and playing around with some looks — then going in and adding Black Diamonds for definition and depth, I’m actually really loving the more subtle take on holiday bling The Legendary Muse provides. And while it may lean a little warm, the shades are not so scary pigmented that those with fair complexions can’t pull them off – it’s all a matter of application proportions. After all, makeup should be about fun & experimentation and there’s no better time than the holidays to do both! It’s almost law, in fact …

Charlotte Tilbury products are available at select retailers and online

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PR samples/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL SS/17 · Codes Subtils, Noir Pétrole, Libre & Noir Moderne

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Last post was all about cheeks; today’s focuses on eyes and lips with a few more selections from the CHANEL Coco Codes Collection for Spring/Summer 2017 (it’s crazy to even contemplate Spring — or even Summer right now, but that’s the beauty industry for you). What makes everything here so unique, in my honest opinion, is the utter wearability of each and every hue and even though I don’t mind stirring things up from time to time with pops of unexpected colour, there’s something comforting about going with standby favourite shades. Especially when they’re all such amazing performers … along with sporting those alluring double C’s.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

“My favourite time to wear Rouge Coco Shine Noir Moderne is in the Spring. I like the idea of a shade of black. I also wanted elements of comfort in the collection – beauty is not just about artifice” ∼ Lucia Pica

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Les 4 Ombres 278 Codes Subtils, limited edition (CAN $68.00) | One of two eyeshadow quads released with this collection (the other being 275 Codes Élégants), this one somewhat softer-leaning with shades that can be used to create a subtle look for day, or amped up for evening by applying them with a dampened brush.

  • top left – shimmering rose/peach
  • top right – platinum bronze/taupe
  • bottom right – warm intense pewter (with a strong olive undercurrent)
  • bottom left – bronzed mid-brown

Ever since CHANEL reformulated their 4 Ombres formula, I have been really impressed with the level of pigmentation and how smoothly the shades apply. This palette is no exception; seen in the swatches below, all have been applied dry and it’s clear that the saturation level is excellent, although using a fluffier brush (and going in with a lighter hand), you can also diffuse each shade for a softer effect. Each has shimmer of varying complexity that lends depth of tone and a subtle radiance, and all display very little powdery kickback when swirling brushes across their surface. Staying power (over primer) is outstanding, with the colours staying true until removed.

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Stylo Yeux Waterproof 931 Noir Pétrole, limited edition (CAN $35.00) | One of my favourite eyeliner formulas is CHANEL’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof, and while there have been a few misses for me colour-wise, I still fall back on these time and time again. With a smooth application (which means no tugging along the sensitive skin of the eyes) and strong colour saturation per swipe, I get easily 6+ hours of wear — even when applied along the waterline — before needing to touch up.

What makes this shade unique, however, is its intense mossy green base colour which is also a great alternative to wearing straight ip black, made even more special via the bronze glints in its depths. Total ♥!

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Rouge Allure Velvet 62 Libre (CAN $43.00) | Adding two new shades to the Rouge Allure Velvet roster (61 La Secrète not shown), the finish on this lipstick formula is exactly as the name implies: velvety. Very hydrating in feel throughout the wearing, this rosewood-tinged beige hue is ultra wearable by a broad range of skin tones and provides a touch more colour than a straight up nude would. Makes a perfect swipe-and-go shade too.

Rouge Coco Shine 128 Noir Moderne (CAN $43.00) | Another standout of the collection, this is a wearable version of cult-fave shade Rouge Noir. The sheerness and slip of the formula take the scare factor out of what looks to be an über-vampy hue and turn it into wearable sexy. I’m having a major moment with Noir Moderne and I’m already planning a backup. Seriously.

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At the risk of repeating myself, there’s really no other better way to put it than to say that all the pieces I’ve seen of this collection thus far, are all so worth your time to look into when everything launches. Gabrielle Chanel, whose love of these classic codes (red, black, gold, white & beige) was definitely stated, was all about making women feel liberated and empowered; Lucia Pica continues the tradition by delving into the archives and reworking these shades with modern formulas and textures — all while keeping their integrity intact. So well done … #slowclap

Available early January 2017 at all CHANEL counters

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PR samples/As always, all opinions are my own

NARS x Sarah Moon Collection Holiday 2016, Gift Sets pt. 1

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You’ve got to hand it to NARS for not only creating this truly lovely — not to mention totally wearable — Sarah Moon x NARS Holiday 2016 Collection, but for throwing in so many interesting gift sets as well. With dreamy packaging details (zero chintzy cardboard throwaways, thank you very much) each set offers up interesting product combinations, some with generously sized minis of the brand’s cult-fave pieces, and all at relatively decent price points.

By the way, you’ll want to check out my upcoming post on pt. 2 of the Gift Sets … just giving you heads up now to get your wallet ready.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection Holiday 2016 Gift Sets

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Shadow Side Eye Set, limited edition (CAN $78.00) | This set contains three mini sized Velvet Shadow Sticks in new limited edition shades, as well as a generously sized mini of the brand’s best-selling Audacious Mascara in Black Moon (one of my personal faves).

  • Real Surreal – coppery mauve with complex shimmer
  • Lucid Dream – antiqued bronze with multi-tonal shimmer
  • Nunavut – deep prune matte
  • Black Moon – ultra black mascara, provides major length & volume

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Shadow Side Eye Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Shadow Side Eye Set, Velvet Shadow Stick swatches

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Shadow Side Eye Set, Black Moon Audacious Mascara swatch

 

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Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set, Sephora Exclusive (CAN $59.00) | This collection includes 3 timelessly iconic + 3 new and limited edition mini-sized Velvet Lip Glide shades. Made with an exclusive hydrating oil complex ‘brimming with waterlily flowers and white tea extracts’, these are liquid lip products that apply effortlessly along the lips, impart a hydrating feel throughout the wearing, and come to a lush velvety finish.

  • Bound – soft nude/rose pink (so much  for this shade)
  • N°675 – (new) warm brick red
  • Unspeakable – deepest garnet
  • Plato’s – (new) mulberry
  • Chez Claude – (new) dark rosewood
  • Toy – intense aubergine

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set swatches

 

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Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette, Nordstrom exclusive (CAN $74.00) | This Nordstrom Exclusive set contains 2 stay in line and 2 new & limited edition cheek products, along with a Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan (full sized).

  • Albatross Highlighting Blush – opalescent gold highlighter (*brand best-seller)
  • Sex Appeal Blush – soft peach
  • Illusive Blush – (new) delicate pink with refined shimmer
  • Make Believe Blush – (new) deep rose with peachy undertones

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Recurring Dare cheek swatches

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True Story Cheek & Lip Palette, limited edition (CAN $74.00) | This set includes four cheek products, 2 cult-faves + 2 new limited edition shades, along with Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (full sized).

  • Devotee Highlighting Blush – iced pink
  • Myth – (new) ballet pink
  • Unwritten – (new) soft apricot rose
  • Outlaw – deep rose with gold shimmer

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · True Story cheek swatches

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  • Golshan Satin Lip Pencil (Recurring Dare Palette) – lustrous warm brick red
  • Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (True Story Palette) – lush carmine/garnet

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Recurring Dare, True Story lip swatches

 

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Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette, limited edition (CAN $60.00) | This set includes a gradient of four neutral to smoky shades in a mix of finishes from matte to pearly shimmer. Long-wearing (especially over primer), the shades in this palette can be used to create a number of looks taking you easily from day to night, along with being conveniently sized for travel.

  • Shade I – shell/nude, matte
  • Shade II – soft oyster, shimmer
  • Shade III – milk chocolate, matte
  • Shade IV – deep charcoal, opalescent shimmer

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Via Veneto Long-Wear Eyeliner (Look Closer Palette) | A mini sized version of a cult-fave product in the NARS lineup, this is a twist-up pencil that comes with a built in sharpener, in a rich deep ebony hue. Extremely long-lasting (even when worn along the waterline), you have about a minute to work with it for any blending before it sets.

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette swatches

 

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Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette, Sephora Exclusive (CAN $85.00) | This Sephora Exclusive palette is absolutely divine and don’t let the price tag scare you off; if purchased individually, the total would be CAN $250.00 so I’d say it’s an amazing deal, especially for NARS. Moving along …

If you’ve yet to try this brand’s Dual-Intensity formula, then you owe it to yourself to check this baby out. Included in the palette are 6 eyeshadow shades and 3 blush hues that can be worn dry for a soft-focus effect (although even dry, the pigmentation is superb) or applied with a dampened brush for mega-intensity. Staying power is impressive and the complex shimmer on all gives a gorgeous multi-tonal depth to each as well.

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  • Shade I – bone/nude, satin
  • Shade II – greyed taupe, shimmer
  • Shade III – muted blue-grey, shimmer
  • Shade IV – oyster, satin
  • Shade V – warm taupe, satin
  • Shade VI – rich brown, satin

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Give In Take Dual-Intensity eyeshadow swatches

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  • Shade I – champagne/ivory with complex shimmer (more suitable as highlight)
  • Shade II – soft apricot/peach, shimmer
  • Shade III – rose pink, shimmer

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Give In Take Dual-Intensity cheek swatches

 

So…..what do we think? Not a bad looking group, wouldn’t you agree? Each and every set offers something new without any crossover duplicates, and the price point on all is quite reasonable in my opinion, especially when you consider the crazy mark-up us Canadians have to pay for this brand (which reminds me … NARS, why?). Quality-wise, there are no disappointments, as everything delivers and the final perk? With Christmas & the holiday period looming closer every day, each set here would make an AWESOME gift. PS: giving to yourself counts.

Available at The Bay, Sephora, Nordstrom, other select NARS counters & online

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Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own