Wednesday, March 5, 2014
JARDIN ZEN is a new Ombres Tracees eyeshadow quad that is part of the Chanel Jardin de Camelias collection. This Asia exclusive Spring collection will only be available on Chanel.com for those in the states. The eyeshadow quad houses four highly pigmented shades starting from the top right: a sparkle-y warm vanilla gold; top left: a rich violet with subtle hints of grey; bottom right: a smokey black; and bottom left: a pale shimmering pink. Each shade contains a fair amount of sparkle but it is the warm vanilla gold shade that contains the most glitter and it is the only shade that I experienced significant fall-out when I wore it. Wear time for the quad was about eight hours before I experienced any creasing and after about five hours the eyeshadows seemed to fade slightly as well.
The Jardin Zen quad can be worn from lightest to darkest shade. On the brow bone and inner corner use the warm vanilla gold. For the crease area the pale lavender grey will look lovely and for the middle part of the lid apply the pale shimmering pink. The outer lid corner (horizontal v shaped area) and to line the eyes use the smokey black shade. If you feel the smokey black in the outer corner is a bit more dramatic than what you would normally wear then just use it only as an eyeliner. With Chanel quads I don't apply anything beforehand to my eyelids except for a good eye base (I use NARS eye base). On occasion (when I don't get enough sleep which seems like all the time!) I do have to apply a neutral semi-matte vanilla eyeshadow (such as MAC Creamy Bisque which unfortunately was limited edition). This creates a neutral area for me to apply my eyeshadow because the skin on and around my eye area is so thin and all you can see are the blue-green veins. Also, keep in mind if the eyeshadows seem a tad too powdery try patting them on instead of brushing the eyeshadow onto your eyes. This should minimize fallout and lessen the chance of your eyeshadow looking muddy. Or if the eyeshadows seem a tad bit too tame then apply them wet for a bright bold look.
Read more about the whole collection here: JARDIN DE CAMELIAS CHANEL COLLECTION
JARDIN ZEN OMBRES TRACÉES eyeshadow quad currently retails for $65.00 USD and it contains .07 oz of product.
45 L'Adoree is a full coverage rouge allure velvet luminous matte lipstick that was released with the Chanel Spring Notes De Printemps collection. My preference for lip products leans more towards lipglosses and sheer lip products. So I was a little surprised by how much I love this lipstick. It is a beautiful mauve-y purple with a slight sheen. It looks absolutely amazing on pale skin tones, especially those with pink undertones and it lasts about five hours wear time. The color pigmentation is incredible and is true to the color in the lipstick tube. It also applied velvety smooth with no tugging or pulling of the lips. All of that was the good - now for the bad. The lipstick does add a slight heaviness to the lips and it seemed to emphasize any dry areas. Even after I exfoliated my lips I still noticed a slight dryness which intensified even more so as the lipstick faded throughout the day. Normally I wouldn't bother keeping a lipstick that dries out my lips but this is one time I made an exception. I can overlook a little dryness for a lipstick that has such incredible color and richness. 45 L'Adoree currently retails for $34.00 USD and contains .12 oz of product.
For more information about the Chanel Spring collection: CHANEL 2014 NOTES DE PRINTEMPS COLLECTION
Check out swatches and review for the quad here: 537 QUADRILLE CHANEL LUMIERES FACETTES EYESHADOW - SWATCHES AND REVIEW
Check out swatches and review for the duo here: 70 ROSE MAJEUR CHANEL EYESHADOW DUO - SWATCHES AND REVIEW
Check out swatches and review of Diapason here: 92 DIAPASON CHANEL ILLUSION D'OMBRE EYESHADOW - SWATCHES AND REVIEW
Check out swatches and review of Impulsion here: 93 IMPULSION CHANEL ILLUSION D'OMBRE EYESHADOW - SWATCHES AND REVIEW
Check out swatches and review for Sonate here: 178 SONATE CHANEL LEVRES SCINTILLANTES GLOSSIMER - SWATCHES AND REVIEW
Check out swatches and review of Chamade here: 67 CHAMADE LE BLUSH CREME DE CHANEL
Check out swatches and review of Tapage here: 605 TAPAGE CHANEL LE VERNIS NAIL COLOUR - SWATCHES AND REVIEW
Check out swatches and review of Charivari here: 603 CHARIVARI CHANEL LE VERNIS NAIL COLOUR - SWATCHES AND REVIEW
Monday, February 24, 2014
Now available for purchase are seven new Nars Matte Multiples. I purchased three of them and I will be posting reviews for each of them. In the meantime you can read more about the entire collection here: NARS MATTE MULTIPLES
Check out my review of ALTIA here: ALTIA NARS MATTE MULTIPLE SWATCHES AND REVIEW
Check out my review of LAOS here: LAOS NARS MATTE MULTIPLE SWATCHES AND REVIEW
I saved the best for last! In my opinion, ANGUILLA is the hidden gem of this collection of new Nars Matte Multiples. It is described as a ginger pink - a warm creamy pink with slight hints of coral. It can be applied wet for a more sheer look or dry for a more pigmented look. It blended easily, has a creamy texture and worked well over top of my foundation. During application it stayed moist long enough for me to blend it out and lasted a total wear time of about six to seven hours. I did notice a slight fading within the first 2-3 hours but nothing significant. Out of the three Matte Multiples Anguilla blended into my foundation and skin the easiest. It didn't streak or leave my skin looking splotchy. Although to be quite honest I didn't think I would really like this shade seeing as how it was just your everyday boring pink blush. Sure it doesn't contain the "wow" factor like Siam but this beautiful pink blush perks up the skin and really makes it come to life. It really leaves the skin looking healthy and vibrant!
Nars Matte Multiples are available at Nars.com and in store / online at Sephora. They retail for $39.00 USD and contain .26 oz of product.
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