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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Diptyque Vanille Candle | Fall 2014 | Photos and Review

Diptyque Vanille Vanilla Candle Bougie Parfumée Fall 2014 The Collection 34
Diptyque Vanille Candle

For Fall 2014, Diptyque has released a number of new items, to celebrate fifty years of Diptyque fragrances. The new products are grouped along with the Saint Germain line, which is now entitled The Collection 34. The collection includes items like photophores and pillar candles in three new scents and designs and boutique exclusive fragrance diffusers in the shape of an oval and a bird. There is also stationary, a perpetual calendar, a new standard size candle and more. All of the new items are permanent, with the exception of Essences Insensées, a mimosa fragrance.


Diptyque Vanille Vanilla Candle Bougie Parfumée Fall 2014 The Collection 34
Diptyque Vanille Candle

Diptyque candles are made by hand in small batches using a nine step process. There are separate factories that make the glass jars from those which make the wax. The candles are a blend of waxes, made of mainly vegetable wax, with the addition of some paraffin wax, which is a sturdy, man-made wax. The combination of these waxes creates a dense wax which allows the candles to hold more fragrance and burn longer. The wicks are made of double cotton which creates a larger flame and aids the burning process.


Diptyque Vanille Vanilla Candle Bougie Parfumée Fall 2014 The Collection 34
Diptyque Vanille Candle

One of Diptyque's newest candles for fall, is Vanille ($60 for 6.5oz/190g), a rich, smoky, creamy vanilla scent, which joins the "Spicy" category of Diptyque scents. It's not the typical sort of sweet, cloying scent you might first associate with vanilla, like vanilla extract or vanilla ice cream. I have also heard about another new standard candle, an online exclusive, called Benjoin, which is described as a cross between vanilla and caramel.

Diptyque describes Vanille as:

"The floral elegance of vanilla orchid gradually gives way to the intensity of the pod. Spices take precedence, blending with sandalwood and elemi to reveal a balsamy Bourbon Vanilla with smooth and woody accents."

At first, when it was still in the box, Vanille, smelled incredibly woody and reminded me of my all-time favorite Diptyque, Feu de Bois. However, after you take it out, and start to burn it, it becomes a smooth, earthy scent, with only touches of woodiness. Vanille is a strong, full-bodied scent with wonderful throw and longevity. It quickly fills the whole room enveloping you in a cozy cocoon. It's the kind of candle you want to burn on a crisp, cool fall night and curl up to with a good book (or Kindle) and cup of tea.


Diptyque Vanille Vanilla Candle Bougie Parfumée Fall 2014 The Collection 34
Diptyque Vanille Candle

I have yet to meet a Diptyque candle that I didn't like - candles are a passion of mine - and Vanille is pure love for me. It's an unexpected twist on the usual interpretation of the vanilla scent. It's absolutely perfect for fall and highly recommended.

I purchased Vanille from the San Francisco boutique on Maiden Lane - (415) 402-0600. Since falling in love with two retired candles, they have become my go-to store. The customer service is incredible - I have never had better service anywhere else (I usually work with Dylan - tell him Jenny sent you!). It is also available at Neiman Marcus, C.O. Bigelow and Diptyque.

Have you tried any of Diptyque's newest products? What is your favorite candle to burn in the fall?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Guerlain Les Sables #15 Ecrin 4 Colors Palette | Kiss Kiss Collection | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette

For Fall 2014, Guerlain has launched the Kiss Kiss Collection, which includes the newly re-launched, reformulated Kiss Kiss lipstick range, which has an all new creamy, hydrating formula. As a part of the collection, Guerlain has also released three new Ecrin 4 Colors Palettes, Les Aciers, Les Sables and Les Violines. Being the neutral lover that I am, I picked up #15 Les Sables.


Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette

Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette

Les Sables #15 ($63 for 0.25oz/7.2g) is a palette of warm neutrals, with an exquisite scalloped design. It's an ideal, daytime, use-it-to-the-bottom-of-the-pan, type of "everyday" palette. It's not sparkly, glittery or frosty. The three matte shades are beautiful and apply like a dream. It's the type of palette I would reach for to wear to work, brunch or a date for an effortless, "no makeup" look. It would be lovely used on a bride for a sophisticated, elegant look.

Shades #1 - #3 have this soft, ethereal quality to them, that are grounded by the deep brown color, #4. Depending on how you apply shade #4, you can change the whole feel of the look - from easygoing to something a bit more dramatic. I wouldn't necessarily say this is an "evening" palette, it could be though. With a few additions, like a darker brown, like Burberry Dark Sable No.23 and something to add a touch of glitz, like Chanel Emerveille.
  • Shade #1 is a light medium, warm, butterscotch matte with strong yellow undertones
  • Shade #2 is a pale, warm, lustrous ivory pink iridescent
  • Shade #3 is a light, warm, nude pink matte
  • Shade #4 is a medium deep, warm, chocolate brown matte with orange undertones

Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette swatches, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette swatches

Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette swatches, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette swatches with forced flash

The texture of Les Sables is divine. The matte shades are some of the best I have ever used - smooth and creamy. The shimmer is plush and velvety. All the shades have good pigmentation, particularly #2 and #4. Shades #1 and #3 are good base shades and go on much softer in comparison. Shade #2 is stunning, with multi-faceted, opalescent shimmery-pearl. Over primer, the shadows lasted about eight to nine hours before I noticed any fading.


Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette comparison swatches, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette comparison swatches with forced flash

I pulled a couple of palettes similar to Les Sables. The Chantecaille Coral Reefs Palette is quite similar, though one of the shades is labeled a blush. Chanel Shimmering Dunes is also comparable. Though I didn't include it, the Dolce & Gabbana duo, Cinnamon #80, is also close to shades #1 and #3.


Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette

Les Sables is a lovely palette of everyday neutrals. The formula is exceptional and lasting power is quite good. It does pull quite warm on me, and seems to look a little different depending on your skin tone and undertones, so your mileage may vary with this one. So I recommend keeping that in mind if you decide to pick it up.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Color Me Loud and Gummy Vision.

I purchased Les Sables from Neiman Marcus. It is also available at Sephora and Nordstrom.

Have you picked up any of the Ecrin 4 Colors Palettes? Do you have a favorite everyday palette?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette | Fade To Grey Collection | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


The Giorgio Armani Collection for Fall 2014 is about subtle and elusive elegance. It is a collection inspired by the city of Milan, and the fluctuations of its sky. The scintillating gilded hues of daybreak, the silvery light of day and the magical deep violets of nightfall. The new line is titled Fade To Grey, after Armani's charcoal and black couture collection for Autumn/Winter 2014. The look is typical Armani, but soft and subdued.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


The star of the collection, is without a doubt, the Organica Eye Palette. The inspiration for the palette is the Duomo di Milano, the Gothic cathedral church in Milan, which has beautiful openwork pinnacles and spires, delicate flying buttresses and baroque-style windows. The interplay between light and dark, and the subtle nuances of the colors and textures of the Milan Cathedral, brought to life.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


The Organica Eyeshadow Palette ($88 for 0.177oz/5g) is an eyeshadow duo housed in a classic, black lacquer Armani pocketbook compact. The bumpy surface texture is like a relief sculpture, it gives the impression that it has been raised above the background. The shadow tray lifts up, and underneath are two double-ended sponge-tipped applicators, which fit into two individual slots. The palette contains a cool, murky, purpley taupe "grey" and a warm, sunny peachy champagne "nude". Both shades have beautiful, complex, multi-dimensional, shimmer, that's somewhat subtle yet also eye-catching. Neither of the shades is metallic or frosty.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye swatches, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye swatches, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette swatches


The Organica Palette is reminiscent of this past spring's Belladonna Highlighting Palette. It features the same incredible gel-like texture that is made with a cold cast technique. The formula is developed from "micro-pearl" technology which gives the shadows a lightweight, airy feel. The shadows are soft, silky and weightless. The formula is similar to Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadows, except without the bounce and malleability. Both shades are quite pigmented, especially the nude. The shadows blend and layer easily for a dramatic evening look, or you can apply the shadows sheer for a soft wash of color. The shadows last remarkably long on me, about nine to ten hours over primer, and I experienced no fallout or creasing.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye swatch comparison, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette comparison swatches


I pulled a couple comparisons for each side of the Organica Palette. For the grey side, Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle and Laura Mercier Sable are both somewhat close, though they are a quite bit warmer. Of the two, Eclipse Eagle is closer and has a more similar finish. For the nude, the peach in Chanel Winter Nights and Armani #10 Beige Nudo are fairly similar. Though Organica nude looks quite orange next to Winter Nights peach and Beige Nudo, which lean more pink.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


I have very mixed feelings regarding the Organica Palette. It's exquisite, truly a work of art. The shades are gorgeous - especially the grey. They go together beautifully and capture the essence of the Duomo di Milano. The quality is unsurpassed. The formula is light and airy, and the shadows blend together exceptionally. My gripe? The price. It seems quite steep to pay almost $90 (or over if you include shipping and/or tax) for an eyeshadow duo.

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

I purchased the Organica Palette from Giorgio Armani. It is also available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's.

Did you pick up the Organica Palette? What do you think of the price?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


Following the release of the Cuirs Fétiches Collection for Fall 2014, YSL introduced the Fusion Ink Foundation. Now they've launched another new product geared towards achieving a beautiful, radiant glow, the Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


Blush Volupté is available in nine colors, in shades of pink, rose, peach and tan. The design concept is like that of the Eyeshadow Couture Palettes, and was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s classic Mondrian dresses. The dresses, in turn, were inspired by the abstract paintings of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, who was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


The Blush Volupté are also somewhat similar to last winter's Rue de Babylone, in that each blush combines two different shades and finishes in one. The center square is a "highlighter", while the outside is a "blush" in coordinating shades. While a little too small and disproportionately laid out to be used separately, blended together, the shades allow you to create your own custom look. You can concentrate your brush on the center section for a more glowy, luminous finish or on the outside for more color.


Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


Passionnee #6 ($47 for 0.31oz/9g) comes in a large, gold compact with the YSL logo on the front. It comes with a in a plush, black, velveteen pouch which opens from the side rather than the top. Passionnee is combination of two different shades of warm, rosy pink. The outside has a satin finish with a smattering of golden shimmer. The inside is much lighter in tone and is filled with golden shimmer. When blended together, the end result is a soft flush of color with a luminous sheen and subtle sparkle. Though there really isn't a significant difference between the outside section and the blended result.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatches Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatches

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatches Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatches with forced flash

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatches Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatches with forced flash

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatches Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatches with forced flash


The texture of Passionnee is quite good - it's luxuriously soft, silky, and creamy. When used, there is only a slight amount of powder dispersed. It has a delicate, floral scent, though it fades after a few minutes and didn't irritate my sensitive nose. The pigmentation is not as intense or vivid as other blushes. It's very subtle on, though it can be built up. The swatches above show each shade, then both shades blended and then both swirled together. The swatch applied with a brush (Tom Ford Cheek Brush) was done quite heavily, and it makes me wonder how well some of the shades will show up on other skin tones.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatch comparison Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatch comparison


I pulled a few similar blushes to compare to Passionnee. Chanel Rose Écrin is peachier. Armani 506 Blush is probably the closest in color, though it's a little bit deeper rose and has more of a satin finish with subtle golden sparkle. Guerlain Blush G Série Noire is the closest in terms of finish, but the color is pinker and brighter. Hourglass Luminous Flush is richer and a bit brighter.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


YSL has been really killing it lately. They used to be a brand I never really noticed. Over the past year, they have become a brand that is always on my radar and I can never wait to see what they come up with next. Passionnee is a gorgeous, flattering shade and a formula to die for. I do wish it were just a bit more pigmented, but at this do make it a bit more foolproof to use and harder to over do the color. I'm eying a few other shades that I just might have to pull the trigger on.

I purchased Passionnee (Blush Volupté) from Nordstrom. The Blush Volupté line is also available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's and YSL.

Have you tried the new Blush Volupté yet? Are there any shades on your radar?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad | Celestial Radiance | Fall/Winter 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 in studio lighting


The theme of Clé de Peau Beauté's Fall/Winter 2014 Collection is Celestial Radiance. The look is about eyes painted in a halo of a cosmic aurora. The face, faintly cloaked in heavenly splendor. Lips, soft and nude, understated and concealed in mystery. As a part of the collection, Clé de Peau Beauté has released eight new Eye Color Quad Refills and Cases which will replace the current ones. The new Quads range from warm neutrals to luminous pastels to eye-catching blues and greens.

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 in studio lighting


Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads ($55 for 0.21oz/6g) are sold as refills and are packaged in clear, plastic cases. The Compacts ($25), which have also been updated for fall, are refillable and sold separately, and include two double ended applicators. The new quads have a different layout from the old ones. Instead of being broken up into disproportionate shapes and having unequal amounts of each shade, now all the shadows are the same size.

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 in studio lighting


The new Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads are incorporated with a "new Optical Color Formula, which melts into skin for a translucent effect, as well as an IH Powder to correct uneven skin tone and help the formula last longer. Premium Argan Tree Oil helps ensure fade-resistant color and White Lily Extract moisturizes the delicate eye area." All of the quads are also lightly perfumed with Clé de Peau Beauté's signature scent of natural rose.

Satin Moon 305 consists of four shadows in warm, earthy tones. All the shades have exquisite, multi-faceted, refined shimmer. The sparkle in shades #1 through #3 is somewhat muted while the shimmer particles in shade #4 are more obvious. None of the shades are overtly glittery or frosty - it's shimmer that's tasteful and well done.
  • Shade #1 is a light medium, warm, honeyed-butterscotch shimmer.
  • Shade #2 is a medium warm, russet bronzey- brown shimmer.
  • Shade #3 is a light medium, warm, taupe shimmer that leans lavender pink. The mauve can be seen better at some angles, while at others, it looks more like a fawn taupe.
  • Shade #4 is a deep, dark, neutral sable brown matte with iridescent sparkle.

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 swatches Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 swatches in studio lighting

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 swatches Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 swatches in studio lighting with forced flash


I don't have any palettes that are similar to Satin Moon in their entirety, so I pulled some comparable shades for each color.

Chantecaille Wild Horses
Burberry Gold Trench No.04

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #1 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #1 in studio lighting with forced flash


Burberry Chestnut No.05
Chanel Charming
Dior Iridescent Leather

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #2 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #2 in studio lighting with forced flash


Chantecaille Sel
Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian
Chanel Gri-Gri
Burberry Rosewood No.09

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #3 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #3 in studio lighting with forced flash


Chanel Prelude
Giorgio Armani Gunmetal #8

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #4 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #4 in studio lighting with forced flash


The texture of Satin Moon 305 is soft and buttery. The shadows are all plush and velvety, though a bit powdery. The pigmentation is exceptional. Shades #1 through #3 are exceedingly pigmented, though the colors are soft and hazy, rather than the sharp and vivid shades you may be used to. Shade #4 isn't quite as pigmented as the others and it takes a bit more layering to build up the opacity, though not much.

One of my favorite ways to wear this has been, to take shade #3 and apply it all over my lid as a base shade. Then I apply #4 in the outer corners in a "V" and blend. I finish it off by applying a touch of #1 in the inner corners to highlight and add a dab of #2 on the middle of my lid and blend the edges ever so slightly. All the shadows blend together effortlessly, resulting in a diffused, low-key, smoky look. Over primer, the shadows lasted all day, without any creasing, fading or fallout.

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 in studio lighting


The price of Satin Moon (with the compact) seems like a lot - but that's because the quad and the case are sold separately, so you feel like you are spending more. Though in actuality, the total price is it is on par with brands like Tom Ford, Armani and Guerlain. The quality of Satin Moon 305 is phenomenal. The shades are sophisticated and refined, with a spectacular texture and long-lasting formula. If you are someone who likes soft, luminous shadows, but isn't a fan of a lot of glitter or frost, I would recommend checking out the new Eye Color Quads from Clé de Peau Beauté. They are well worth the price, whether you skip the compact or not.

For more reviews and swatches, check out The Beauty Look Book, Best Things In Beauty, Beauty Professor, Silverkis' World and Beauty Gypsy.

I purchased the Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill and Case from Nordstrom. They are also available from Neiman Marcus, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman.

Have you ever tried anything from Clé de Peau Beauté before? What was your most expensive eyeshadow purchase?

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.

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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?