Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without happiness. ~ C. Dior

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Now.

Smith and Cult Nail Lacquer Polish Givenchy Prisme Libre Powder L'Occitane Vanilla Bouquet Arlésienne Velvet Hand Cream Diptyque Tomas Maier Candle PB Palm Beach OMH Old Montauk Highway WDR West Distract Road Tom Ford Lips and Boys Lip Color Lipstick Collection Holiday Winter Mun Skin Beauty No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner Le Métier de Beauté Obsidian Odyssey Eyeshadow Kaleidoscope Truffle Metallic Privacy Clutch Limited Edition


I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week already. Time has just flown by for me this year. With the start of the holiday shopping season, here are just a few of the things that have caught my eye recently.

  1. Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer - Created by Dineh Mohajer, who also the founded the '90s cult-classic brand Hard Candy, her new line has that same fierce, chic vibe. The line ranges from edgy pastels to grungy hues and sparkles, in shades such as Cue The Mullet - a light sky blue, Ghost Edit - a semi-sheer nude pink, and Dirty Baby - ultra fine glitter in a black base.
  2. Givenchy Prisme Libre - A new lightweight, loose powder that contains four colors that combine into one, to mattify and color correct. Available in four different harmonies, each shade is inspired by haute couture fabrics, from muslin to organza, for various effects.
  3. L'Occitane Hand Creams in Vanilla Bouquet and Arlésienne Velvet - L'Occitane makes my favorite hand creams, hands down, but I'm a little picky about the scents I use (I like a very soft, subtle fragrance). They recently discontinued my HG version Honey, so I've been on the lookout for it's replacement. These two new scents sound fabulous and just what I'm looking for.
  4. Diptyque Candles - In collaboration with Tomas Maier, Diptyque is releasing three new, limited edition candles evocative of his favorite seaside escapes. The three-scent collection blends notes like fresh-cut grass, sea mist, and bayberry. Just the thing to tide you over through the winter.
  5. Tom Ford Lips and Boys Lip Color Collection - Thanks to Tom's latest collection, everyone wants to have a ménage à trois. Launching on Black Friday, fifty clutch-sized lipsticks will be available in sets of three or as a complete set of fifty. Thirty six of the shades are all new and all the shades have boys' names after the men in Tom's life, past and present. I'm making a list and checking it twice, it doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice.
  6. Mun No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner -Following up on the success of their beloved No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, Mun has just released No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner, a hydrating and radiance infusing toner. Made with rose blossoms, prickly pear stem extract, Goji berry, jasmine and daisy - if this toner is even half as good as the serum is, I'm sold.
  7. Le Métier de Beauté Obsidian Odyssey Eyeshadow Kaleidoscope - I always take notice when Le Métier de Beauté releases a new eyeshadow kaleidoscope and it's been a while since they last did, aside from a set or gift with purchase. Obsidian Odyssey is a palette of jewel-toned shades - another unique color combination that only Le Métier de Beauté could come up with. It promises radiance and a break from the winter doldrums.
  8. Truffle Metallic Privacy Clutch - Truffle has launched a few new clutches recently, including a limited edition, metallic rose gold version of their Privacy Clutch. It comes in soft, buttery leather with a grey cotton lining - the ideal accessory that can be dressed up or down.
Is there anything you're eying right now?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dior Golden Reflections #046 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette | Golden Shock Collection | Holiday 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior has released two new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes as a part of the Golden Shock Holiday 2014 Collection. Like last year's Golden Winter, the collection centers around the color gold. I picked up the more neutral offering, Golden Reflections #046 ($60 for 0.21oz/6g). It is a unique mix of bronze, grey and beige in an array of light to dark shades in varied finishes.


Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

The shades in Golden Reflections provide a combination that is intriguing and striking. The colors include a neutral to cool, deep charcoal shimmer; a warm, medium brassy bronze shimmery pearl; a pale, creamy ivory satiny matte; a light, warm, greyish brown satin with silver sparkle and a warm, pearlescent beige gold glitter.


Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

The texture of Golden Reflections leaves a lot to be desired. All the shadows feel quite dry, hard and somewhat rough, with the exception of the brassy bronze - which is the best shade in the palette in terms of formula. It is not even close to what I am used to in an eyeshadow palette. All the colors go on very soft and sheer. They can be layered a little, but the color doesn't build up much - no matter how much you layer on. I achieved a semi-sheer pigmentation from most of the shades at best - which makes the palette hard to work with. The overall look is understated, muted, somewhat muddy and flat. There is a lot of fallout from the sparkle in the light greyish brown shade, with most of the sparkles ending up beneath the eye. Over primer, Golden Reflections lasted about six and a half to seven hours before I noticed any fading.


Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior recently reformulated and rereleased their 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes - Golden Reflections is made using this new reformulation. While the color combination is stunning, the quality just isn't there. For me, Golden Reflections is a pass. Hopefully some of the other new palettes are better - I haven't tried any yet, though I do have a couple that I haven't gotten a chance to review yet. This one I would skip.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Temptalia and Perilously Pale.

I purchased Golden Reflections from Nordstrom. It is also available at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's and Dior.

Did you pick up anything from the Dior Golden Shock Collection? Have you tried any of the new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes? What are your thoughts on them?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Diptyque Épice, Résine and Hiver Candles | Holiday 2014 | Photos and Review

Diptyque Résine Resin Pine, Hiver Winter and Épice Spice Candles Holiday 2014 Collection
Diptyque Résine, Hiver and Épice Candles

Diptyque has released three new limited edition candles for the holiday season, Épice, Résine and Hiver. The artwork on the candles and packaging are done by Qubo Gas, a group of French artists. The designs on the candles and packaging are simply gorgeous - they are much more my personal style than last year. The jars are a frosted ombré, that fades from white to rich red-orange, dark mossy green or dark cyan, which is then screen printed with touches of metallic gold and the candle's signature color - which look somewhat like pine needles, along with the Diptyque oval. The boxes look like abstract watercolor paintings, which are done in those same shades of orange, green and cyan, and have golden accents like on the candles. The designs have a very tempered, soothing feel to them. All three scents are available in the standard ($68 for 6.5oz/190g) and mini sizes ($34 for 2.4oz/70g), although they are slightly more expensive than the regular standard candles.


Diptyque Épice Spice Candle Holiday 2014 Collection
Diptyque Épice Candle

Épice (Spice) was described to me as a combination of cinnamon and plum. It's warm and inviting. It reminds me a bit of potpourri or the type of scent you would expect to be burning at a relative's house when you visit during the holidays. The primary accords in Épice are black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon leaves and clove. Unlit, it's a little bit more piquant than when it's burning - I smell clove and cinnamon the most. When it's lit though , it's somewhat mellow and has a soft roundness to it, with a faint touch of plum. I honestly wasn't expecting to like this one that much, and am really surprised by how much I do.


Diptyque Résine Resin Pine Candle Holiday 2014 Collection
Diptyque Résine Candle

Imagine taking your hands and rubbing them on the bark of a pine tree. In the needles and the sap. Now, smell your hands. This is what Résine (Resin) smells like. With a pale green wax, the notes in Résine include fir balsam, eucalyptus, mugwort and galbanum. It's close to last year's Pine Bark, though not as "piney" or woody. Instead, it's a little bit softer and subdued. It's a calming earthy, green scent, but still refreshing. I've really been loving this one.


Diptyque Hiver Winter Candles Holiday 2014 Collection
Diptyque Hiver Candle

Hiver (Winter) is the one I was most looking forward too. When it was described to me, I thought it might be similar Feu de Bois, but it's nothing like it. Hiver (pronounced I-ver), is an herbaceous scent, with notes of clary sage, cloves and cedarwood. It's brisk, cool and bracing with an undercurrent of smoky, woodiness. When it's burning and you breathe in the scent, it makes the inside of your nose feel refreshed and cool, like you've just spent the day playing outside in a winter wonderland.


Diptyque Résine Resin Pine, Hiver Winter and Épice Spice Candles Holiday 2014 Collection
Diptyque Épice, Résine and Hiver Candles

With the exception of Pine Bark, last year's candles were only okay to me. Épice, Résine and Hiver on the other hand, are absolutely fantastic. I love them all. I can't decide which one I like best. Each one is perfect to represent a different part of the upcoming holiday season - Épice for Thanksgiving, Résine for Christmas and Hiver for New Years. Though I've been burning them all constantly now. They are all must-haves in my opinion.

I purchased Épice, Résine and Hiver from the San Francisco boutique on Maiden Lane - (415) 402-0600. Like I've said before, I purchase all my Diptyque candles there. The customer service is fantastic. I have never had better service anywhere, for anything. I usually work with Dylan, but everyone there is great. Tell them I sent you! They are also available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Beautyhabit, C.O. Bigelow and Diptyque.

Have you tried Épice, Résine or Hiver? What is your favorite candle to burn during the holidays?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Chanel Caresse #180 Joues Contraste, Envol #847 Illusion d'Ombre and Or Blanc #987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner | Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection | Holiday 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Caresse 180 Joues Contraste Blush, Or Blanc 987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner and Envol 847 Illusion d'Ombre IdO Eyeshadow, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Caresse Joues Contraste, Or Blanc Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner and Envol Illusion d'Ombre

Along with Camélia de Plumes, I also picked up the new Joues Contraste, Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow, and Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner, from the Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection. All three are limited editions done in true Chanel form. They have that classic Chanel holiday feel and help express the airiness, lightness and radiance of the collection. The blush and Illusion d'Ombre seem quite similar to past releases, though the sparkle is toned down a bit. The Stylo Yeux is like Camélia de Plumes in the form of an eyeliner.


Chanel Caresse 180 Joues Contraste Blush Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Caresse Joues Contraste

Caresse #180 Joues Contraste ($45 for 0.21oz/6g) is a soft, warm, tangerine satin with a luminous sheen and subtle silver sparkle. On the cheeks, it's a light, somewhat muted peach, that gives a beautiful, lit-from-within glow. On my fair skin, it shows up quite well with a few layered passes and leans quite orange. It's a softer, sheerer color which you can easily build it up, though those with darker skin tones might find it too light for them. The shimmer is more evident in the pan than on the face, though you can see some sparkles on the face, especially if applied too heavily.


Chanel Caresse 180 Joues Contraste Blush swatches Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Caresse Joues Contraste Blush Swatches

Caresse has a soft, smooth texture, though not as silky, satiny smooth as other Joues Contraste blushes I own, like Rose Initiale, Tumulte and Rose Ecrin. It feels a bit drier and more powdery. The texture doesn't effect the pigmentation or lasting power however. It does kick up quite a bit of powder when used. It lasts about seven and a half to eight hours before I notice any fading.


Chanel Envol 847 Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow IdO, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Envol Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow

Envol #847 Illusion d'Ombre ($36 for 0.14oz/4g) is similar in color to Caresse. It's a light, warm peach with the barest hint of pink and complex multi-dimensional sparkle. It's kind of a cross between Emerveille and Abstraction - see Sara's swatches here. It's semi-sheer, with prominent, dazzling shimmer. A light hand will give a nice sheer wash of sparkle with a hint of light pinky peach shimmer. The coverage is easy to control and it's easily layered for more vivid color. Envol is a good swipe-and-go shade - simply apply and finish with black or brown liner and mascara. It's also lovely dabbed on top of regular eyeshadow to add a bit of glam.


Chanel Envol 847 Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow swatches, IdO Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Envol Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow Swatches

Envol has a soft, smooth, airy texture. It's easy to blend and sheers out effortlessly. At the same time, it is buildable, so you can achieve a richer color. It's extremely long wearing, (I wore it twelve hours until I took it off) and I experienced no fallout when I applied Envol with my fingertips, though, when I used a brush there were a some stray sparkles underneath my eyes.


Chanel Or Blanc 987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Or Blanc Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

Or Blanc #987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner ($32 for 0.01oz/0.3g) is quite similar to Camélia de Plumes. It's a pale, warm, platinum - a silvery gold with silver and gold shimmer, that changes a bit in the light. It's more gold than silver on me, and the color doesn't shift as much as Camélia de Plumes. On the eyes, it's very subtle and not quite as golden. It brightens the eyes and makes them appear wider and larger.


Chanel Or Blanc 987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner swatches Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Or Blanc Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches

Like the last few of Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners I've picked up, I found the formula of Or Blanc quite good. It was a little hard at first, but then it softened up nicely - but not too much. It glides on effortlessly and lasts all day on my waterline. When I went to remove it after about twelve hours, it had only faded slightly. It does smudge a tiny bit (when I rub my finger hard over it) but not too much.


Chanel Caresse 180 Joues Contraste Blush, Or Blanc 987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner and Envol 847 IdO Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Caresse Joues Contraste, Or Blanc Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner and Envol Illusion d'Ombre

Caress, Envol and Or Blanc are all lovely products, though I don't know if I would consider any of them must-haves. The only one I probably would is Envol. It's a shade I can see working on everyone and can easily work for day and night with a fantastic formula. It's different enough from previously released Illusion d'Ombres to justify owning. Caresse is a beautiful color that goes on remarkably well, but it's a little too light and warm to be universally flattering on all skin tones. Or Blanc is nice, but it's extremely understated when worn. Though none of the pieces are displeasing, to me, the only standout is Envol.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Temptalia, Color Me Loud and Mostly Sunny.

I purchased Envol and Or Blanc from Nordstrom and Caresse from Neiman Marcus. They are also available at Saks and Chanel.

Did you pick up anything from the Chanel Holiday 2014 Collection? What is your favorite holiday look?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chanel Sweet Star #747 Le Vernis | Fashion's Night Out 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out, FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

Fashion's Night Out was started in 2009 during the recession as a way to encourage consumers to shop and support the fashion industry. Sponsored by Vogue, the event has been held all over the world, though it hasn't been held in the United States since 2012. To commemorate the event, every year Chanel releases a few limited edition nail polishes. This year's collection, Delights, inspired by the French brand's fall/winter '14/'15 runway show, includes three Le Crayon Yeux eyeliners in orange, pink and teal and one Le Vernis, Sweet Star.


Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

Sweet Star #747 ($27 for 0.4fl. oz./13mL) is a stunning metallic multichrome polish with complex multicolored shimmer. It's predominately a medium, warm silver that shifts from pink and purple to teal and green depending on the angle and type of light. In full sunlight, you can see all the individual shimmer particles shifting color. It's as if they are a supernova exploding out at you. In the swatches I've tried to capture the subtle nuances of Sweet Star and how it looks at slightly varying angles. Straight on, it looks more silver, while at a slight angle it takes on a more green or more purple tint. Turning the nails a tiny fraction, changes the color again.


Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

The formula is good, though the first coat can be somewhat streaky and thin. The second coat evens everything out, and only two coats are needed for full opacity. The metallic finish of Sweet Star does tend to show brushstrokes, however, as long as you take your time, they shouldn't really be an issue. I found that those that remain simply become a part of the finish.


Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

While Sweet Star is unique to my collection, it reminds me a little bit of two Ozotic polishes, 505, a multichrome, and 752, a duochrome. Ozotics are known for their ability to be layered over different bases to create a multitude of effects. So, instead of doing comparisons, I layered Sweet Star over one coat of Chanel Eastern Light (white) and two coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge Iconoclast (black). I found I got a greater variation over two coats of black rather than one. Sweet Star became darker, the iridescence was intensified and the color shift easier seen. Though overall, it leaned a little greener and less purple. Layered over one coat of white, Sweet Star is lighter, with a slightly softer look and somewhat of a more purple tone to it. The shimmer remained about the same.


Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis layered swatches

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis layered swatches

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

Sweet Star is a difficult polish to describe and an even harder polish to photograph. Photographs do not capture the how enthralling and elaborate this polish truly is. It really must be seen in real life to be completely appreciated. In my opinion, it's definitely a must-have.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Color Me Loud, Front Row Beauty and Indigo Kir Royale.

I purchased Sweet Star from a Chanel counter at Bluemercury. It isn't online anywhere yet, but I would check with your Chanel counter(s) for availability. Update: Sweet Star is now available online at Chanel.

Have you picked up Sweet Star? What's your favorite multichrome polish?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder | Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection | Holiday 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Holiday collections have slowly started trickling on to makeup counters and appearing online. One of the most anticipated collections every year is also one of my personal favorites, the Holiday Collection from Chanel. This year's collection, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel, seem to evoke the glamor and elegance of the 1920's and 1930's, with rich, luxurious, classic colors of icy silvers, warm golds, bold reds and cool greys. The collection is inspired by feathers and diamonds - airy, indistinct shades that delicately glisten like precious gems.


Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

The collection includes Osieaux de Nuit (which translates to Nocturnal Birds), a Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette, in shades of white, grey, gold and black, along with a peach Illusion d'Ombre and Joues Contraste and a red Rouge Allure Velvet and Le Vernis. Also a part of the collection, and perhaps the star, is the Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder. The powder's surface features an intricate, raised design detailing 'Coco' Chanel's beloved camellia flower. The decoration is embossed above the surface of the powder, giving the camellia depth and dimension. The powder has an Art Deco feel to it, with stylized geometric petals in the shape of feathers with a diamond at the center.


Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

The packaging of Camélia de Plumes is the same as Dentelle Précieuse. It comes in a rather large black and white box, housed in the classic, sleek, black lacquer Chanel compact. It is enveloped in a large, black, velveteen, wrap-around pouch that secures with an elastic band and a small, natural hair brush, which is stored in a separate pocket of the pouch. There is a plastic protective shield that covers the powder to protect it from damage.


Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

In the pan, Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder ($72 for 0.28oz/8g), is a silvery white gold. Depending on the light, the color can shift remarkably, from a cool greyish silver to a cool creamy gold, like actual platinum. On my fair skin, it is a luminous, silvery white sheen that looks more gold where it falls away from the light. Anyone can wear Camélia de Plumes, it's not just a highlighter for fair to medium skin tones. Though on darker skin tones, it gives a stronger, more noticeable highlight and the gold shift is more apparent as well.

The finish is quite sparkly, with complex, kaleidoscopic shimmer. It's translucent and doesn't add color as much as it adds shimmer and shine. However, you need to use a incredibly light hand with Camélia de Plumes. If you apply too much, the sparkle will build up and the effect will get extremely frosty and glittery.


Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum swatch, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Swatches

Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum swatch, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Swatches

Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum swatch, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Swatches

Camélia de Plumes has a soft, smooth, creamy texture, with no discernible fragrance. It's extremely finely-milled and kicks up virtually no excess powder when used. The pattern should wear down slowly, since it has a design which is raised high above the surface. It's quite pigmented and you only need a touch to achieve the desired effect. Camélia de Plumes is a traditional highlighter and should be worn on the high points of the face, the cheekbones, temples, down the bridge of the nose, cupid's bow, but can also be used on the décolleté or even in the hair. It would look beautiful lightly dusted onto an elegant updo, in place of a jeweled comb or clip or on to the ends of a high ponytail to give it a bit more glam. When I've worn it, Camélia de Plumes has lasted about eight and half hours on me before I noticed any fading.


Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum swatch comparison, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Swatch Comparison

I pulled a few comparisons for Camélia de Plumes. Chanel Poudre Signée de Chanel is a more translucent, peachy champagne beige shimmer with a more subtle, softer, less complex finish. Dior Diorskin Nude Shimmer 001 is warmer, significantly more yellow gold in color, with a similar finish. However Camélia de Plumes has a more intricate finish and mix of shimmers.


Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Camélia de Plumes is stunning. Beautiful. Absolutely breathtaking. It imparts a brilliant, luminous, ethereal glow. A light dusting is all that's needed to get the intended result. Though some may find it too obvious, sparkly or glittery. It's definitely not a subtle highlighter. It gives a really sharp highlight. It's not visible all the time, but when it is, you really see it. It's also extremely easy to overdo. If applied too heavily, the sparkle looks opaque, loud and gaudy and can emphasize pores. If you aren't a fan of high shimmer or shine, then Camélia de Plumes isn't for you. However, if you love highlighters, like I do, then you don't want to miss it.

I purchased Camélia de Plumes at Bloomingdale's, where it is currently sold out online. It is also available at Nordstrom, Saks and Macy's.

What do you think of Camélia de Plumes? What has been your favorite highlighter this year?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gucci Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Shadow Quad and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad and Coral Flower Blush

After months of speculation and waiting, the Gucci Beauty line has finally arrived. The 200-piece collection includes foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes, nail polishes, as well as brushes and skincare. The new makeup collection is the Italian brand's first venture into the beauty industry in their 93-year history. The range made its first appearance at Gucci's Spring 2015 show. The line was developed over a period of four years by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and makeup artist Pat McGrath. Products are designed to move easily between professional makeup kits and everyday beauty bags.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad and Coral Flower Blush

The color palette of the line is said to be reminiscent of Gucci's fabrics and leathers of the 1960s and 1970s. Much of the collection revolves around six key colors, which are referred to as the Iconic Six: gold, black, red, ottanio (teal), bronze, and copper. The products are packaged in glossy, black lacquer cases, adorned with gold accents, and feature the "double G's" called the Guccissima pattern. The compacts come in velveteen bags that are detailed with Gucci's Repeating GG Pattern with Diamond Motif which is even embossed on the boxes. Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and granddaughter of Grace Kelly, stars in the ad campaign.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad

The Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad "fuses vibrant hues with lavish textures." The quads contain up to three different finishes and the color combinations are designed to recreate a signature Gucci look. Each palette contains base, highlighter and contour shades that are saturated with color with a buildable, "luxurious" finish. There are eleven total quads in the line and no colors is repeated in any of the palettes.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad

Tuscan Storm ($65 0.17oz/5g) is probably the most neutral palette in the quad lineup. It's an everyday palette that leans warm in tone and pulls warmer on me. It contains a pale pastel yellow iridescent, a warm taupe shimmer that leans orange, a matte butterscotch and a dark brown satin with coppery sparkle. There are three different types of finishes in Tuscan Storm.

The formula is ridiculously soft and creamy - one of the smoothest powders that I've ever felt. The pigmentation was good, with the exception of the deep brown, which wasn't nearly as pigmented as the others and almost performed like a matte. I was quite surprised by how well the matte shade performed. The shadows blended beautifully and I experienced no fallout or creasing when I've worn them.Tuscan Storm lasted about eight and a half hours on me (over primer) before I noticed any fading.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette swatches and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad Swatches

I pulled two palettes to compare to Tuscan Storm. Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon #305 is somewhat similar, however it has a warm burnished gold instead of a pale yellow. The taupe and dark brown in Satin Moon are also a touch cooler and the finishes of the two palettes are a bit different. Tom Ford Nude Dip is surprisingly very close, though it is slightly warmer. Nude Dip is also much more shimmery overall, whereas Tuscan Storm is a variety of finishes.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette swatch comparison and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad Swatch Comparison

The Gucci Sheer Blushing Powder "softly illuminates and awakens the complexion for a radiant finish." The blushes come in eight various shades of pinks, berries and apricots which have different finishes, such as matte, satin and shimmer. The color is "sheer" and "buildable" and all the powders are "jet-milled" (a way to micronize the powder).


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Coral Flower Blush

Coral Flower ($49 0.14oz/4.25g) is one of the brighter, vivid blushes in the range. It's a vivacious, slightly warm, pinky coral satin with the barest hint of golden sparkle. The sparkle isn't glittery or frosty, rather it's almost imperceptible. The blush gives the most beautiful glowing flush of color. Like Tuscan Storm, the formula is exceptionally buttery and plush. The color is extremely pigmented you definitely need to use a light hand, but it blends out beautifully. It's as if it becomes a part of the skin rather than just sitting on top of it. Coral Flower lasted about nine hours on me before I noticed any fading.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush swatches
Gucci Coral Flower Blush Swatches

I pulled a couple of blushes similar to Coral Flower. Armani Eccentrico and Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel are both a fraction lighter and brighter. They are also a touch pinker. Guerlain Blush G Série Noire is the closest though it has a bit more of a shimmering finish.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush swatch comparison
Gucci Coral Flower Blush Swatch Comparison

When it comes to quality, it just doesn't get any better than this. There was so much thought and effort put into the product and packaging design. The formula of Tuscan Storm and Coral Flower are out of this world. The texture is the absolute softest, most finely milled, luxurious products I have ever felt and used. Neither was chalky or powdery in the least. However, I did find the color payoff of Coral Flower to be a little better than Tuscan Storm. It was extraordinarily pigmented and the lasting power was excellent. I detected no fragrance in either of the products.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad and Coral Flower Blush

As to where you can purchase Gucci products, they are available at three places. Gucci's website carries the line, but leaves a lot to be desired. The layout is awkward and counterintuitive. It it frustrating to get to what you actually want to get to. The other two retailers that sell Gucci products are Saks and Neiman Marcus, whose websites are much better, though Neiman's lists every single product individually. Another thing to note, is that all of these stores have a strict return policy.

Regarding the price, I'm not quite sure where Gucci fits in the whole spectrum. Price-wise they are more expensive than every other brand for the amount of product you get. (I.e.: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Mono is $37/0.07oz/2g, versus Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow is $29.50/0.07/2g, Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow $29-$29.50/0.07oz/2g and Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow $32/0.14oz/4g) Regardless of the price, I'm in love with what I picked up. The colors are a bit dupable, particularly Coral Flower, but the formula is simply amazing. I will definitely be picking up more soon.

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I purchased Tuscan Storm at Gucci and Coral Flower at Neiman Marcus. Gucci Cosmetics are also available at Saks.

Have you tried anything from Gucci yet? What do you think about the pricing?