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Sunday, August 10, 2014

YSL Fétiche Eyeshadow Couture Palette | Leather Fetish Collection | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette in studio lighting

YSL has released a refreshing palette for Fall 2014 that has been garnering a lot of attention. I wasn't initially drawn to it and was going to pass on it. Though after reading all the rave reviews, I couldn't hold out and ended up purchasing it.


Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette in studio lighting

The inspiration for the Cuirs Fétiches (Leather Fetish) Collection comes from the pattern and grain of fine leathers. It's edgy, untamed, sensual, even a little dangerous. It brings to mind, a no holds barred, take no prisoners kind of attitude. A sense of empowerment. From the outside of the palette, which is embellished with black leather, to the warm, lavish shades inside, this palette has bad girl written all over it.


Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette in studio lighting

Fétiche Palette ($60 for 0.18oz/5g) is a mix of warm, autumnal shades with a surprise addition of a moody blue-green.
  • Shade #1 is a medium, warm, burnished bronze copper shimmer with copper, gold and silver glitter.
  • Shade #2 is a medium light, warm, gilded shade of yellow gold shimmer and gold and silver sparkle.
  • Shade #3 is a medium deep, cool, inky shade of cyan-blue with a touch of grey and a satiny finish.
  • Shade #4 is a sooty, dark, soft, matte black.
  • Shade #5 is a deep, warm, sable brown satin with gold and copper shimmer.

Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 swatches in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette swatches in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 swatches in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Fétiche Palette swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

Like the other two palettes that I've reviewed from the new line, Fauves #2 and Saharienne #4, the formula of Fétiche Palette is outstanding. The shadows are soft, smooth and velvety. All of the shades are extremely pigmented, opaque in two to three passes, except for #4. (which is best used wet as a liner). Otherwise it looks too hazy and it's hard to differentiate it from #5. The shadows don't crease and last about eight to nine hours on me over primer before I start see any fading. I experience minimal fallout.


Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette in studio lighting

Fétiche Palette allows you to create a myriad of looks by combining the shades in a variety of interesting and unusual combinations. With a nearly flawless formula, this is one palette you don't want to miss. Even if you're an angel.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Cafe Makeup, Color Me Loud, Perilously Pale and The Non-Blonde

I purchased my Fétiche Palette from Nordstrom. It is also available at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and YSL

Did you pick up the Fétiche Palette? What has been your favorite fall palette this year so far?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Chanel Smoky Grey 905 and Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Smoky Grey 905 and Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliners

With the release of the new Multi-Effect Quadras, Chanel has added to the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner ($32 for 0.01oz/0.30g) line. Three of the shades, Marron Glacé 906, Iris 908 and Bleu Métallique 909 are permanent additions to the range, while Smoky Grey 905 is a limited edition. I picked up the more neutral offerings, Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé. Both are fabulous and perfect for every day. Marron Glacé in particular coordinates effortlessly with both Tissé Rivoli and Poésie.


Chanel Smoky Grey 905 and Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliners

Automatic pencils have always been a favorite of mine, for their ease of use, precision and long-wearing formula. Stylo Yeux liners twist up and don't require sharpening, though there is a built in sharpener if you prefer a more defined tip. The formula is soft and creamy, though sometimes it can be a hit or miss, and at times, a bit harder and not as pigmented.


Chanel Smoky Grey 905 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliner

Smoky Grey 905 is a light to light medium to medium, warm, taupey-grey with no shimmer. It's really more of a brown or a taupe than a true grey. Marron Glacé 906 is a medium to medium deep, warm, slightly reddish, rusty brown with silver sparkle. It's simply stunning and the complex shimmer makes it unique.


Chanel Smoky Grey 905 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners swatches Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches

Chanel Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners swatches Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches

Chanel Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

I found the formula of Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé better than some past releases. Smoky Grey was a little hard and unforgiving -  at first, but then it softened up. It glides on effortlessly and lasts all day on me (on my waterline). Marron Glacé is extremely soft and creamy, perhaps a bit too much so. It goes on quite easily, but I had to be careful not to exert too much pressure, or the pencil would break.  Marron Glacé also lasts all day on me (on my waterline). Though I found it to smudge a bit (if you are someone that tends to rub your eyes a lot you may want to keep that in mind), as if it doesn't quite seem to set completely, whereas Smoky Grey seems immovable.


Chanel Smoky Grey 905 and Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner swatches Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches

Both of the new Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners are wonderful. Each is beautiful in its own way. Smoky Grey is more subtle and low-key, while Marron Glacé, though a neutral, is a bit more eye catching. I would be hard pressed to choose between them.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Mostly Sunny.

I purchased Marron Glacé from Chanel and Smoky Grey from Nordstrom. They are also available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingale's.

Have you tried any of Chanel's new Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners? What is your go-to eyeliner?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

I didn't pick up that many things from Nordstrom's yearly anniversary sale, but the one thing I made sure to get, is the Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder from Chanel. Originally released exclusively in France at the beginning of April, it has since then found it's way around the world.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

Made in Italy, Dentelle Précieuse is a limited edition, which is exclusive to Nordstrom. The highlight of Dentelle Précieuse is the intricately designed lace embellishment, which is both elegant and elaborate. The design is inspired by Gabrielle Chanel's love for the delicate fabric, which she considered to be "one of the prettiest imitations ever made of nature's fantasies."


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

Dentelle Précieuse comes packaged in the classic, sleek, black Chanel compact. It is enveloped in a large, black, velveteen, wrap - around pouch that secures with an elastic band, with a separate pocket to keep the small angled, natural hair brush. There is a black plastic protective dome that covers the powder to safeguard it from damage.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder ($80 for 0.21oz/6g) is a light medium to medium, warm, glowy fawn, with suggestions of copper, bronze and rose and complex shimmers. On me, it's a luminous, incandescent, peachy-champagne beige with bronzey/golden highlights and at times, a slight hint of pink, though the pink can be a bit hard to see. It's much more subtle on the face than in the swatches below.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder swatches, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse swatches in studio lighting

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder swatches, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder swatches, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

I pulled a few similar highlighters and powders to Dentelle Précieuse. Dior Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder is lighter and a more yellow gold. It also is transparent with a more glittery finish. Chanel Poudre Signée de Chanel is also lighter, sheerer and it has about the same amount of shimmer and luster as Dentelle Précieuse. The color is a bit more of a yellow golden-champagne with a tiny touch of pink (though not nearly as yellow gold as the Diorskin Nude Shimmer Powder). I found Hourglass Luminous Light Ambient Lighting Powder closest in color and tone. It is also not as shimmery or sparkly as Dentelle Précieuse.

Overall, the Diorskin Nude Shimmer Powder and Signée Powder don't add color so much as they add shimmer and sparkle, while Luminous Light adds a lustrous glow. Dentelle Précieuse adds a touch of color and a glistening radiance.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder swatch comparison, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse swatch comparison in studio lighting with forced flash

The lace design embossed onto the surface of Dentelle Précieuse doesn't go all the way through the powder. After a few uses, the beautiful decoration wears away. The powder itself is lush and buttery, which only gets softer, silkier, as the pattern is worn down. Dentelle Précieuse is extremely finely-milled, with no discernible scent, and when used, it kicks up minimal excess powder. When I've worn it, Dentelle Précieuse has lasted around eight hours on me before I start to see any fading.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

Dentelle Précieuse is not your typical highlighter. It adds a touch of color and gives a lovely, lit-from-within glow on my fair skin (lighter than B10), that isn't over the top or overtly glittery or shimmery. While on darker skin tones, it looks more like a traditional highlighter. This difference is because Dentelle Précieuse is darker than my skin, while lighter than darker skin tones, so it appears differently on different people. Regardless of your skin tone, anyone can wear Dentelle Précieuse. It's definitely a must for Chanel lovers out there.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Color Me Loud, The Beauty Look Book, Indigo Kir Royale and Ommorphia Beauty Bar.

I purchased Dentelle Précieuse from Nordstrom. It is now also available at Chanel.

Did you pick up Dentelle Précieuse? Or has the high price tag kept you away?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chanel Tissé Rivoli #226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

The other Multi-Effect Quadra I picked up along with Poésie is Tissé Rivoli, a lovely palette of rich, warm, neutrals. It's perfect for every day. There's still quite a few more I want to pick up. It was extremely difficult to select just two of the nine available palettes. They all look stunning and the formula is to-die-for. I've already ordered another one, I just couldn't resist.


Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Tissé Rivoli #226 ($61 for for 0.07oz/2g) is one of the eight permanent Multi-Effects Quadras. It is one of the more neutral offerings in the new line. It has more variety in terms of finishes than Poésie does.
  • Shade #1 is a medium, neutral to warm taupe metallic with complex iridescent sparkle.
  • Shade #2 is a light bisque with peach undertones and a shimmery finish.
  • Shade #3 is a medium deep, warm brown satin with reddish undertones.
  • Shade #4 is a medium, warm peachy bronze shimmer that glows in the light.

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra swatches in studio lighting

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

I pulled out a couple of Les 4 Ombres to compare to Tissé Rivoli. Chanel Spices #79 is much warmer and lacks the taupe shade that is present in Tissé Rivoli, but the color composition is somewhat similar. Chanel Raffinement #39 is quite similar to Tissé Rivoli, though the taupe in Raffinement is a bit warmer. The finishes of the shadows in the two palettes are also quite different. Tissé Rivoli is overall more sparkly while the finishes in Raffinement are more subtle.


Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatch comparison, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra swatch comparison in studio lighting

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatch comparison, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra swatch comparison in studio lighting with forced flash

I found the texture of Tissé Rivoli to be the same as Poésie. The shadows are soft, plush and finely-milled. The only difference I found between the two palettes was with Shade #3 in Tissé Rivoli. I didn't find it as pigmented as the other three shades and as all of the shades in Poésie. Shades #1, #2 and #4 are extremely pigmented, but shade #3 wasn't. The amount of pigmentation is what you would expect from a matte eyeshadow, not a satin. And it isn't on par with the other shades in the palette.


Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Tissé Rivoli is a classic beauty, perfect for work or play. The taupe alone is worth the price of this palette. Overall, I'm really quite smitten with the new Multi-Effect Quadras. From the formula to the pigmentation to the lasting power, everything about them is divine.

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

I purchased Tissé Rivoli from Chanel. It is also available at Nordstrom.

Of all the new eyeshadow formulas released recently, which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chanel Poésie #234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Chanel recently released a new collection of Les 4 Ombres Quadras featuring an all new formula. Though the collection was just introduced here in the US, it was released earlier this spring around the rest of the world. The new quads are inspired by Coco Chanel's love of tweed fabric. The color combination of every palette represents the thread colors from one of Chanel's iconic tweed fabrics.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

The new Multi-Effect Quadras are packaged virtually the same as original Les 4 Ombres Quadras. The first thing I noticed was that the velveteen bag that the new quads come in is thinner and not as plush. The applicator tips are now white instead of black. Another change is the protective insert is quite different. The lightweight plastic barely covers the shadows and slides off easily and could possibly scrape the shadows themselves. Perhaps the biggest difference visually is the new palettes now come in the round pan format, as the European version of the original quad does.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Poésie #234 ($61 for 0.07oz/2g) is a limited edition palette that was released with the eight other permanent palettes in the new line. It appears to be sold out many places already. All the quads contain one "highlight" shade, one "intensify" shade and two base "shades". The colors are laid out counter-clockwise starting with the highlight shade, #2.
  • Shade #1, is referred to as B, one of the two "shades" in the palette. It's a medium, warm toned, copper metallic with iridescent shimmer. Shade #1 is the most sparkly shade.
  • Shade #2, or A, the "highlight", is a light, warm, buff with a pearly finish that subtly reflects opalescent pink in the light. It's more luminous or lustrous than glittery.
  • Shade #3, or D, is the "intensify" color. It's medium deep to deep, warm coffee brown with reddish-purple undertones. Like Shade #1, it has prismatic sparkle, though it's not nearly as glittery.
  • Shade #4, or C, is the other base "shade". It's a pale, cool, silvery pink shimmer. Shade #4 is the most radiant shade in the palette.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swaches, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra swatches in studio lighting

Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

The quad I found closest to Poésie in terms of color composition is Chanel Dunes #47. While not an exact match, it is fairly close, with the pinks having the greatest disparity. Also the finishes of the shades are very different, with Dunes having more mattes and satins and Poésie is more sparkly.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra swatches comparison in studio lighting

Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra swatches comparison in studio lighting with forced flash

The formula of Poésie is truly outstanding. The shadows have a soft, velvety texture that blends like a dream. Composed with out any powder or talc, the pigment is out-of-this-world and gives truly opaque coverage. You can achieve a multitude of effects, from soft and natural to smoky. There is no creasing or fading, with virtually no fallout. The shadows easily last all day. Even without primer.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

While I don't love that there are no matte or satin shades in Poésie, the new formula is really beyond compare. Everyone has been raving about them - and for good reason. I have to admit that I was a little worried. New doesn't always mean better. But in this case it does. Bottom line - everyone needs to own at least one of the new Multi-Effects Quadras.

For more reviews and swatches, check out The Beauty Look Book. For swatches on all the new quads, check out Color Me Loud.

I purchased Poésie from Chanel, where it is currently out of stock and no longer listed. If you are interested in it, I would recommend checking in stores to see if it is available.

Have you tried any of the new Multi-Effect Quadras yet? Do you have a favorite?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow | États Poétiques Collection, Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow in studio lighting

For Fall, Chanel has released six new shades of Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadows. Without the release of a new Quad Eyeshadow, the États Poétiques Collection seems to be focused on these new singles. A few of the shades are done in classic Chanel fashion, while the others show us a bolder version of Chanel than we've seen before. Two of the six shades, Sensation and Palpitation are limited edition, while the rest are joining the permanent range.


Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow in studio lighting

Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow in studio lighting

Sensation 102 ($29.50 for 0.07oz/2g) is a light, warm toned, pinky peach satin with sparse shimmer that gives it a very slight sheen. It is quite lovely and beautiful once applied, though also quite sheer. On my skin, it blends in almost completely. It will most likely show up better on darker skin, though it might be a little chalky, as it is somewhat dry and powdery.


Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow swatches in studio lighting

Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

The texture of Sensation is not what I was expecting. It was dry and considerably hard. It takes effort to get any real color to show. The opacity is transparent even when excessively layered. All of the swatches show Sensation swatched heavily over primer. Sensation needs to be worn over primer. Without it, it is extremely thin and fades very quickly. It also only lasts about five to six hours before it starts fading. When applied with a dampened brush, the results are only slightly better.


Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow swatch comparison with forced flash in studio lighting

I pulled some similar shades for comparison. Chanel Liberty is warmer and more orange with a frosted finish. The lightest shade in Chanel Spices is lighter with shimmery finish and gold and peach sparkle. The pink in Chanel Winter Nights is close, but it is brighter with a shimmery satin finish and subtle sparkle. Chantecaille Les Dauphins "pink" eyeshadow duo is also close, though it is lighter, it has a similar finish. Le Métier de Beauté Nouvelle Vague Tier #1, Nouvelle, is brighter, warmer and has a frosted finish. The middle shade of Tom Ford In The Pink is darker, warmer and has a frosted finish.


Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow in studio lighting

Sensation is extremely disappointing. It is somewhat hard to use especially since the color payoff is slim to none and the lasting power just isn't there. Save your money for the new Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadows that are launching soon and pass on this.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Temptalia.

I purchased Sensation from Chanel. It is also available at Nordstrom and Saks.

What are your thoughts on the new fall collection from Chanel? Have you picked anything up?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Burberry Storm Grey No. 27 and Graphite No. 28 Sheer Eyeshadow, Swatches, Photos and Review

Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Storm Grey and Graphite in studio lighting

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows are considered by many to have one of the best eyeshadow formulas. Creamy, buttery, smooth, silky, pigmented - everything you could want in an eyeshadow and more. Recently, the brand introduced two new single eyeshadows to their lineup, Storm Grey No. 27 and Graphite No. 28. Both shadows are warm toned shades of grey and are a wonderful addition to the range. As someone who adores Burberry eyeshadows, I could not wait to get my hands on these. As far as I know, they are not part of any collection.


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite in studio lighting

Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite in studio lighting

Storm Grey No. 27 ($29 for 0.088oz/2.5g) is more of a tan or taupe than an actual grey. It's a light medium to medium, warm toned, taupe-y grey satiny matte, with a hint of purpleish mauve and the whisper of very slight iridescent shimmer. In the pan it looks like a very warm grey, or a very cool tan, but it gains a complexity on the skin that doesn't quite show in swatches. The color changes not only in the light but also appears considerably unique on different skintones. In some instances it can look more purple or mauve, at others more tan and at others more taupe.


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey in studio lighting

Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey swatches in studio lighting

Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

When I went to pull comparisons for Storm Grey, I found I had quite a few similar shades. So many in fact, that I ended up limiting the comparisons. Le Métier de Beauté On The Coast Tier #2 is darker with a metallic, shimmery finish. The middle shade in Tom Ford She Wolf is also somewhat darker with a satin finish. Chantecaille Les Dauphins "brown" eyeshadow duo is quite a bit warmer with a hint of red and has a satin finish. The taupe in Chanel Mystère is a bit warmer and lighter with yellow undertones and has a shimmery finish. The cool toned taupe in Chanel Prelude is darker and slightly warmer with a satin finish. When compared to all of these shades, Storm Grey appears somewhat cool toned.


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Storm Grey swatch comparison with forced flash in studio lighting

Graphite No. 28 ($29 for 0.088oz/2.5g) is a dark, smoky, charcoal brown matte that leans slightly purple with subtle copper and yellow gold shimmer. The shimmer is more visible in the pan than it is on the skin. It has an overall, light, ethereal smoky quality to it.


Burberry No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Graphite in studio lighting

Burberry No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Graphite swatches in studio lighting

Burberry No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Graphite swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

I don't have that many shades similar to Graphite as I do for Storm Grey. Giorgio Armani #3 Asphalt looks very cool in comparison and has a matte finish, though in actuality it is more of a neutral grey. Chantecaille Les Dauphins "grey" eyeshadow duo is the closest, though it is lighter. The darkest shade in Chanel Prelude is darker and warmer, as is the darkest shade in Tom Ford She Wolf. Also, all of the comparison shades have quite a bit more opacity.


Burberry No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Graphite swatch comparison with forced flash in studio lighting

Comparison below to a few other Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows, Pearl Grey No. 17, Taupe Brown No. 07 and Pale Barley No. 22:


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Storm Grey and Graphite swatch comparisons with forced flash in studio lighting

I found the texture of Storm Grey and Graphite, to be, for the most part, on par with other Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows. They are both soft, silky and smooth. Though they also seem a bit dry to me in contrast, particularly Graphite. As for the wear, they are best used over primer. Without it, it is a challenge to build up the opacity and the wear time is very short.

As for Graphite, even over primer, it still goes on somewhat patchy and uneven, and there is moderate fallout. It is quite difficult to build up any sort of level of pigmentation.The opacity is always somewhat thin and transparent. Storm Grey on the other hand, while it doesn't apply so well without primer, it applies beautifully over it. It is opaque in two to three passes and there is no fallout. Over primer, Storm Grey lasts about seven to eight hours before I notice any fading, while Graphite only lasts about six to seven.


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite in studio lighting

Storm Grey and Graphite are selling fast. When I called the store to order these, they were already out of Storm Grey and only had one Graphite left. Though the SA was extremely helpful and was able to find locate one for me at another store. And I have only seen them online at Nordstrom, where they are on backorder til July. I am unsure if these are permanent or limited edition. I wouldn't wait to order these. Though if you can only pick one, make sure it's Storm Grey.

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I purchased Storm Grey and Graphite from Nordstrom.

Will you be picking either of these up? What is your favorite taupe eyeshadow?