NARS Cool Crush Collection | Review, Photos, Swatches

The recent months haven’t been easy. With the Covid restrictions easing up been feeling slightly more anxious about how we move forward now on. One thing that has taken a back seat is blogging, and i’ve also been taking some time off Instagram too. However, if you’ve been missing the makeup reviews, today I have something exciting to share. It’s been a long time coming.

NARS Spring 2020 Cool Crush is all about warmth, definition and pops of colour…. a collection that works all year round.

The Collection consists of,

Cool Crush Eyeshadow Palette

The Hot Fix Cheek Palette

Loaded Lip Lacquer

I received most of the collection and also the Afterglow Lip Balms which were swatched previously on the blog as they launched..

NARS Hot Fix palette

I’ve always been a fan of the NARS blush formula and this new palette is perfectly curated for summer. Top to Bottom we have Sugar Spirit, Dream Place, Spark Got Hot, Gold Leash.

Sugar Spirit is stunning bronze with a delicate tinge of rose, the formula is soft and well pigmented; perfect as a blush topper. Dream Place is a matte neutral brown, Spark Got Hot is a pink satin nude and Gold Leash a buttery smooth champagne gold. The two blushes Dream Place and Spark Got Hot are very softly pressed. The brush produces kick up but the overall application isn’t powdery and gives you buildable colour. I’ve been using Spark Got Hot most days topped with Sugar Spirit. My usual go-to natural mix since I don’t wear much colour day to day.

Swatches,

NARS Hot Fix palette swatches

The Cool Crush Eyeshadow palette contains 12 colours.

The pigmentation in most of the shades are superb and apply smoothly. My favourites are Superclass, Prowl & Feist which were similar to the hardwired sheen finish of the permanent line, they really exceed expectations.

NARS COOL CRUSH PALETTE SWATCH

Soft Chill – is a matte cream. The texture ultra soft and blendable.

Sexed – is a silky, pale gold.

Superclass – is a lively shimmery taupe with an incredibly smooth texture.

Nylon – is a matte pink beige.

Fresh Cut – is a warm medium tan with subtle golden shimmer.

Inception – is a teal with golden shimmer.

Prowl – is a metallic rose.

Shake It – is a warm satin peach.

Feist – is a bold rich metallic gold.

Ganges – is a deep matte teal.

Risk – is a matte brick red.

Isolde 2 – is a silky golden bronze and the only shade that’s already a permanent Nars colour.

Overall the palette delivers. The pops of colour give you the option to play, while the neutrals work well for everyday wear.

For the lips, The Cool Crush collection includes 4 Loaded Lip Lacquers. I picked out the two lightest shades. The palest shade (Playin’ Around) is paler than my usual faves, but the formula in these are so easy to wear. If there’s one thing i’ll be reaching for all summer it’s the Young Hearts Loaded Lip Lacquer. The formula is glossy& conditioning, these feel plush and comfortable on the lips. Especially good if you are prone to dry/flakey lips.

Swatches,

 

I swatched a few of my favourite NARS gloss formulas for a quick comparison. Swing has been one of my favourites for the longest time, and Young Hearts following closely behind.

I also included my go-to NARS Lip Pencils along with the comparisons since a lip liner is essential for full opacity. So far Vence is my pairing combo with Young Hearts. The warmth of Young Hearts gives me a 90’s lip look and I’m loving the combo (it’s what i’m wearing in todays makeup look below).

NARS Loaded Lip Lacquer

Sharing a quick look with the collection here; I used the Cool Crush Palette along with Spark Got Hot for the cheeks. I love the pop of teal blue on the lower lashes, so sultry and lifts the bronzy shades on the rest of the eye.

The eyeshadow placements are, Sexed in the inner corner, Isolde 2 on the lid and Ganges layered with Inception on the lower lash line. I’ve also blended the crease with Fresh Cut and Soft Chill.

Bottom line, the collection is gorgeous. I feel the eye palette especially delivers. A variety of looks can be achieved wether subtle or full on glam depending on the mood. Unless you already own many Nars nude palettes, this one’s a great addition. The mix makes it ultra versatile. I especially love that I don’t need to grab additional palettes to make this work, there’s already a great pale matte and shades to contour the socket and add depth. It’s a winner.

From the lips I’d highly recommend Young Hearts, if you enjoy warmer nudes, you might not want to miss this one. Also check out Foxy. I regret not picking that over Playin’ Around after seeing swatches online.

Overall the collection is an A+ . Even though the mattes in the Hot Fix cheek palette could be more pigmented, it’s one of those palettes I’d feel comfortable grabbing for everyday or travel. It’s fool proof and contain solid everyday shades. I LOVE Sugar Spirit especially now that it’s summer. Works as a perfect blush topper (or on it’s own) for warmth and looks beautiful on the eyes as well.

Have you picked up anything from this collection?

 

Top picks from Dior Spring 2020 | Photos, Swatches, Review

Dior Spring 2020 makeup

For Spring 2020 Dior released 2 new limited edition Diorskin Nude Luminizers and i’m IN LOVE! I always tell myself I don’t need any more highlighters but when it comes to Dior I have zero self control.

Dior also released 3 new Backstage Rosy Glow blushes earlier this year as well. There were 2 new shades along with the original, all repackaged in a new sleek format. I honestly don’t get the hype of the original pink as it’s so dry and powdery, but the new limited edition colour Pearl caught my eye so I added to cart.

Dior spring 2020 makeup review

These limited edition Nude Luminizers have the most beautiful swirl embossing. They still come in the slim compact with the silver lid and clear acrylic base which I love. As far as packaging goes, Dior really nailed it with this one. It’s also lightweight and very portable too.

Here’s a look at the two shades, Coral Vibes and Rosy Vibes.

Dior spring 2020 highlighters

Coral Vibes is a peachy coral with a golden glistening sheen. The powder is harder pressed so not much kick up, but silky smooth when applied. The payoff is a medium opacity that can be built up.

Rosy Vibes is a pale pink with soft lilac and pink shimmers; it almost looks holographic and glittery in direct lighting. The lighter base in this makes it more suitable for fairer skin tones, however still wearable and look good on medium-light skin tones (like mine) without pulling ashy.

Dior rosy vibes coral

The texture between the two are slightly different. I feel Rosy Vibes has a tendency to go on sheerer when applied.

So far i’ve been using a moderately dense brush so there’s zero chance of overdoing it. However I feel it’s pretty safe to use even if you are a bit heavy handed.

On to some comparisons!

I swatched these alongside two newly released highlighters and some older Nude Luminizers in my stash for reference (in case you happen to have some of them).

As seen, Metal Peach has a distinct peachiness and Chantecaille Eclat Brillant an obvious gold.

Dior nude luminizer

 

Dior Rosy Glow 003 Pearl is a soft pink with subtle golden shimmer. It’s a very portable and handy size. Luckily the colour is also pretty nice! Swatched heavily this shade almost leans blue toned, but blended out it adapts n warms up on the skin. I feel the trickery is in the fact that it’s so sheer and almost translucent which is what makes it suit every possible skin tone imparting that veil of a rosy flush.

If you are on the look out for something pigmented and statement worthy this definitely won’t cut it; but more suitable for a natural flushed look or a ‘rosy glow’ as the name suggests.

Dior rosy glow pearl 003

 

Dior rosy glow 2020 blush

Here’re a few more comparisons. I know you most likely own NARS Orgasm so what better reference point! NARS clearly has more pronounced gold shimmers. In Dior they are more spread out and less noticeable. In real life it can look matte with a subtle sheen especially when it’s applied over a matte foundation. On bare skin it looks more satin to the naked eye when it melds with the luminosity of skin.

Another blush i’ve been really loving is this Hourglass one from the Holiday 2019 Ghost Quad. The base in this pulls a little more blue toned even though when I grabbed to swatch it, I was so sure they were identical.

Overall I believe it’s a beautiful blush. It depends on how barely there you like your blush to be. It’s definitely buildable but I can’t say it’s a must have, even though the packaging is sooo cute & irresistible.

Bottom Line

Coral Vibes is my favourite from my Dior Picks so far. I also grabbed one of the polishes, but yet to try it. I’ll swatch it for Instagram soon though.

What are your picks from Dior Spring 2020?

 

Chanel Spring 2020 | Review, Photos & Swatches

Chanel spring 2020 beauty

Spring is fast approaching and this year Chanel delivered one of the prettiest drops for the season.

The collection includes some new and interesting products in a gorgeous colour palette!

I was most excited to see the Ombre Premiere Laque liquid eyeshadows. I love a good easy eyeshadow when i’m rushing off to meetings or running errands; these have been my go-to most days.

Here’s what I have for todays review :

Les 4 Ombre 354 Warm Memories

Ombre Premiere Laque 24 Rising Sun, 26 Quartz Rose, 28 Desert Wind

Stylo Ombre Et Contour Contour Brun

Les Vernis Day Dream, Mirage

Chanel Warm memories Eclat du desert

Warm Memories is a striking mix of reddened mauvy plums and a muted peachy orange.

Chanel warm memories

Overall the payoff of these are on the sheerer side, with quite a bit of powder kick up in the deepest plum (shade 3).

I’ve tried various looks but somehow the three mauves always tend to blend together into one and end up with pretty much the same look every time. The main culprit was the deepest plum, it applies on the lid much lighter than seen in the pan.

Other than that, the palette will work better paired with the liquid shadows to help them adhere better.

For todays look I chose eyeshadow placements that would clearly separate the colours so they don’t blend together too much.

Overall I feel it’s one of those rare ‘misses’ from Chanel releases in recent times. The palette should show up much better on someone with a lighter complexion even though the colours seem a lot darker in the palette.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Laque

The Ombre Premiere Laque are soft shimmery liquid eyeshadows with a transluscent quality to them. The pigmentation on these are good but sheer out when blended; fortunately they are buildable, and the formula is fairly thin so they won’t feel uncomfortable or heavy. Once set, these wear all day, (with some  minimal creasing around the 6 hour mark on me) but more or less budge proof.

My verdict, they are awesome. The colours are sooo good! You really can’t go wrong here.

I reach for Desert Wind for a subtle eye look when I’m in the mood for something neutral; it’s a great everyday shade. In comparison to the others, this contained more pronounced shimmers that catch the light making it livelier. The sparkles are elegant and very typically Chanel. Never ott.

Quartz Rose as of now is my favourite and most worn. A must have in my opinion if you are keen to try these eyeshadows. It’s a sparkling metallic pink which on me tends to pull almost sandy and not outright pink. I find this adds a little something extra to the makeup look while keeping things polished.

Rising Sun is a medium copper. You can see why it fits so well into this collection! It perfectly compliments the Warm Memories Eyeshadow palette and brightens up the mauves. I like to use these as a base to extend the wear of powder eyeshadows on days I skip a primer. But on their own they look stunning too just a lot more sheerer than expected. I find the more you blend, the more pronounced the shimmers look as the base colour sheers out. I’d suggest a patting motion for application to retain as much colour possible on the lid.

Here’s a look at the Chanel eyeshadows along with one of my favourite liquid shadow formulas, the Armani Eye Tints.

If you already own these you probably LOVE them as well. The deeper shades are far more pigmented than the Chanel counterpart, and less sparkly. The lighter Armani Eye Tints can be blended out on the lids to look like what can be best described as a ‘glow’.

Stylo Et Contour are some of my favourite eye products from Chanel, I have a few from previous launches and Contour Clair is one the most used. I was happy to see Contour Brun (a medium brown) in this years Spring lineup and it’s perfect for a smudgy smokey eye (you can see it in action in todays makeup look below). The product is a twist up style jumbo eyeshadow stick and perfect to scribble on and blend with fingers (or a brush). The formula is emollient and doesn’t tug when applied, once set these are matte and long wearing,

Chanel Day Dream Mirage

For spring Chanel nailed it with the most gorgeous nail polish colours! There’s two shades, Day Dream and Mirage. Day Dream is a light mauvy nude, and Mirage a creamy grape.

For both colours I did two coats for a fully opaque finish; without a top coat it lasted beautifully for 4+ days with minimal tip wear.

I feel between the two Mirage was something I didn’t expect to love as much as I did, once applied I really appreciated the contrast Mirage provides and the somewhat unexpected colour choice for spring.

Chanel Spring nail polish day dream

 

Bottom Line

The must have’s from the collection are the nail polishes & the liquid shadows. I wouldn’t mind adding more to my collection. Rayon looks like a great highlight to compliment the lineup. The truth is i’m a sucker for easy wearable makeup and these fit the bill! The quality of the product is A+ with luxurious glass packaging. They are exactly what’s expected from Chanel.

On the flip side, Warm Memories palette wasn’t really WOW for me; the quality could have definitely been much better and the colours lacked enough contrast (when applied). Overall it looked dull on the eyes. I feel all the shades look better worn as singles rather than together.

The products I skipped were the highlighter palette and the other eye quad Elemental. The highlighter was too subtle for my skin tone and the eyeshadow palette barely showed up on my light medium skin. I usually prefer well pigmented deeper colours for decent contrast on my eyes. Taupes and shimmery bronze is usually my jam since i’m a light-medium in complexion.

Have you picked anything from this collection? I know i’m terribly late to post up the review but currently in the process of warming up to blogging more consistently again and clearing up the backlog.

I hope you enjoyed todays post and found it useful. x

Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Review, Photos & Swatches

Late last year Chanel extended their shade range of Rouge Allure Inks while releasing a brand new matte version. The Rouge Allure Ink Fusions (SGD52 each).

Rouge Allure Ink Chanel

Rouge Allure Inks have been a staple in my lipstick collection. Ultra light on the lips with impressive wear these have come to be my go-to for night outs and events. See original review here.

The new Rouge Allure Ink Fusions come in 12 shades.

I was gifted some by the Chanel PR team but later added more to the collection since I loved them so much. Shockingly I’m obsessed with the deeper tones, something I never usually go for!

Top to bottom we have,

204 Metallic Bronze (Rouge Allure Ink) – A metallic bronze

208 Metallic Red (Rouge Allure Ink) – A metallic true red

224 Harmonie (Rouge Allure Ink) – A neutral rose brown

804 Mauvy Nude – A medium rosewood

806 Pink Brown – A rosy nude

812 Rose-Rouge – A vibrant hot pink

816 Fresh Red – A bright poppy red

818 True Red – A true red

822 Deep Pink – A deep rich pink

824 Berry – A medium toned berry

826 Pourpre – A berry with heavy purple tones

828 Rouge Noir – A deep burgundy red

The shades i’m missing are Beige Naturel, Vibrant Pink & Coral Peach.

Chanel rouge allure ink fusion

Chanel describes this formula as ‘A new generation liquid lip colour that immediately fuses with the lips to leave it’s imprint and make a bold impression. A second skin coating with intense, ultra matte colour that stays in tact all day for a weightless sensation of comfort’.

In my experience I found these to be truly weightless, pigmented (but thin) and ultra long wearing. I find these don’t accentuate lip lines (like cheap liquid lipsticks do) and have a subtle softness to them. They truly do look elegant on the lips.

Rouge Allure Ink Fusion

Between the original Rouge Allure Inks and the Rouge Allure Ink Fusions, I find both have their merits though I do like the Fusion formula better for the reds especially as they doesn’t wear off easily. It’s thinner consistency makes it super lightweight, dries down completely matte with no tacky feeling and lasts longer with minimal need for touch ups.

The wand of the new Fusion formula is a tapered doe foot as opposed to the flocked paddle type wand of the Rouge Allure Inks. It makes for easier application and gives more control for applying the runnier formula of the Rouge Allure Ink Fusions. I like that there’s plenty of play time to lay down the application too. Liquid lipstick can be tricky when the formula is thinner and takes time to apply carefully with neat edges!

The lipsticks have a slight floral scent. Something to keep in mind if you prefer minimally scented or unscented lip products.

So far my favourites are Mauvy Nude, Pink Brown, True Red (which I practically reach for every time I do a red lip) & Berry which was one of my faves for fall.

The deeper shades Rose Rouge, Berry & Pourpre seemed to swatch slightly runnier and needed a little layering to even out the application. However they apply a lot more evenly on the lips and a little smoothing out gives you good coverage free of streaks. This formula also can be layered a little and never feels heavy.

The only shade with tricky application is Rouge Noir. I found this really needed patience and a lip liner to help it go on streak free. I wish the formula was a bit more workable since the colour was just stunning, it’s probably the only vampy shade i’d ever consider wearing.

Chanel rouge allure ink fusion

On to some more swatches,

 

Chanel rouge allure ink fusion

Bottom line,

These are absolutely lovely and I can’t get enough.

Within the extended shade range of the Rouge Allure Inks, Harmonie is now my new love, they feel soft and cushiony on the lips and definitely something to look into if you prefer a less matte feel on the lips.

Have you tried these yet? If not, which shades are you keen on trying?

 

 

NARS Blush Collection 2020 | Complete Swatches

It’s been a while since NARS has focused on cheeks and finally we have some new shades! I’m a massive fan of the NARS blush formula and thrilled to see new additions.

There’re 10 brand new blushes hitting the shelves this February for a total of 26 shades. The lineup is pretty comprehensive with almost every colour family well represented. I personally hoped for more nudes, especially since my all time favourite NARS blush Madly will be discontinued.. However, i’m loving the new additions and already stocked up with backups on what I’ll miss from the old collection.

At the preview I noticed some of the new shades had an improved formula in comparison to my old NARS blushes. It’ll be interesting to see how the beauty community receives these. The formula is now more pigmented, swatching a lot more smoother with much finer shimmer (in the shimmery shades)!

I’ve been playing with a few new colours that I received, and it almost seems NARS is on the verge of revamping their blushes like they did with the eyeshadows in these past two years.

nars spring blush 2020

The lineup, (new shades marked with an *)

Orgasm X* – shimmering coral pink with gold pearl

Tempted* – silky shimmering beige

Illicit* – warm peachy brown with a satin finish

Savage* – shimmering mid tone bronze

Zen* – neutral mid tone matte brown

Behave* – neutral matte mauve

Dominate* – reddened bronze chrome

Aroused* – matte deep berry

Thrill* – matte blue toned pink

Coeur Battant* – matte bright blue toned pink

Orgasm – peachy pink with gold shimmer

Bumpy Ride – a bright peachy pink in a satin finish

Deep Throat – soft peachy pink with a golden sheen

Sex Appeal – matte pale peachy pink

Gina – muted matte peach

Torrid – warm shimmery mid tone coral

Liberté – neutral toned brick red

Lustre – peach with gold shimmer

Amour – matte mauve-y pink

Taos – reddened brick with golden shimmer

Dolce Vita – dusty rose in a satin finish

Sin – neutral mauve with a golden sheen

Mata Hari – dusty mid toned muted pink

Exhibit A – bright orangey red

Taj Mahal –  mandarine orange with shimmer

Impassioned – matte pale pink mauve

Nars blush 2020

nars blush swatch 2020

nars blush swatch 2020

The most anticipated within the newly launched shades is Orgasm X. A brighter, bolder version of the original. The shimmer is a lot finer and smoother, which is perfect since I love my shimmers subtle!

Orgasm X NARS

Top to Bottom it’s, Tempted, Orgasm X and Dominate. My top three picks from the collection.

Nars Orgasm X Tempted Dominate

Swatched, Orgasm X is a bright coral pink. My first thought was how PERFECT this would be for summer when my tan starts showing. It’ll compliment medium skin tones so well!

Dominate on the other hand would be one for a bolder look, a burnished red that would balance a striking makeup look. I usually gravitate to shades like these for the night. The formula of all three were EXCELLENT. And for anyone with a medium deep complexion i’d highly recommend this one.

Tempted is more of a highlighter on me. It was the second blush that caught my eye. I loved how smooth and buttery this feels in the pan, the formula almost feels soft! It’s an unusual colour for blush and has a gorgeous sheen, on my medium fair complexion it’s almost golden. For even fairer skin tones this would almost be a very natural peachy nude. For reference, this looks very similar in finish to NARS Hot Sand delivering a very subtle/natural look.

Bottom Line

The colours are fantastic and i’m obsessed! There were a few shades I swatched that didn’t quite hit the mark (like Aroused which was very difficult to swatch as it felt a bit too dry, and Zen that was almost blending in with my skin tone and was also difficult to pick up). Other than a few misses, they are overall very promising.

I’d love to see more with the same formula as Dominate and the new Orgasm X. The quality was actually superb and i’ve got my fingers crossed, hoping they’d make some more!

Launch Date

4th February at the NARS Boutique at Takashimaya. With each blush retailing at SGD52

 

NARS Afterglow Collection for Spring 2020| Preview, Photos & Swatches

Kicking off the new year with an exciting preview of the NARS Afterglow collection that’s launching soon!

With the success of last years Afterglow Lip Balm collection (exclusive to Asia), NARS has come back with new shades and an entire collection of Afterglow for Spring 2020. The existing lineup of Afterglow Lip Balms are to be phased out and replaced with these brand new shades.

The Collection launches early February & includes :

The Afterglow Eyeshadow palette $90

Overlust Cheek palette $90

Afterglow Lip Balm $40

Dolce Vita, Turbo, Wicked Ways, Torrid, Fast Lane, Deep Throat, Orgasm*, Clean Cut* 

*existing shades.

Today i’ll be sharing swatches of the eyeshadow palette & new balms. Unfortunately the cheek palette wasn’t available for swatching at the time of preview; however according to the press release, it’s said to contain an all new formulation of highlighter called the Gel-to-Powder highlighter which is exciting!

For the lips there’re 6 new shades of Afterglow balm. The formula is undoubtedly more pigmented than before. Previously I found it impossible to get the colour to show up on a swatch but now there’s definitely more payoff (some more than others).

NARS Afterglow balms 2020

The new shades left to right, Wicked Ways, Torrid, Dolce Vita, Fast Lane, Deep Throat & Turbo.

If you snagged the cute Softcore stocking stuffers during Christmas you’d have already tried Dolce Vita or Torrid in the mini version. It’s identical to what’s releasing this Spring. More colour pay off but equally hydrating but noticeably creamier on the lips. I definitely think the new formula is even better.

NARS Afterglow balm swatches

Dolce Vitais a soft nude rose

Torridan orangey coral

Wicked Waysis a deep plum

Turbois a punchy cherry red

Deep Throatis a soft peachy pink

Fast Lane – is a soft mauve pink

For the eyes NARS offers sorbet shades aptly combined into a neat little palette this spring. The overall feel is warm, with a hint of playfulness with the inclusion of pops of colour. The mattes were buttery. All smooth to the touch and infinitely pigmented. I also find the pop shades perfect for creating fun makeup looks through the season.

Here’s a quick look!

NARS Afterglow palette

… and some swatches!

NARS Afterglow palette swatches

Overall I find the colour mix interesting and allows a variety of looks. If you are on the look out for a neutral palette, with options for some colour this would be ideal. The quality of the shadows are pretty much on par in comparison to their existing mattes and shimmer formula.

Bottom line

The collection is exactly what I love for spring, beautiful neutrals with pops of pink & soft sorbet shades for added interest. I love, love, LOVE the NARS Afterglow balms from last year so obviously these new ones are a must-have for me.My top pick would be Dolce Vita, Deep Throat and Turbo. Dolce Vita is that ideal MLBB shade which is bound to look great on everyone and Deep Throat another winner b’cos we love peachy pinks over here in this part of the world!

P.S- Click here for swatches of all the existing shades PLUS the limited edition Chinese New Year Afterglow balm Nuits de Chine (in limited edition red & gold packaging).

Launch dates

Collection launches beginning of February. I feel the Afterglow balms should fly off the shelves as soon as they hit, it would be a good idea to waitlist your favourite shades in store as restocks take time once they are sold out.

What’s on your beauty radar this spring? I’ll be reviewing a bunch of spring releases including the NARS blush edit for spring 2020. So stay tuned!

 

CHANEL Holiday 2019 | Swatches, Collection Details

Les Ornements De Chanel (holiday 2019) will be dropping soon! … and since the sneak peek of this collection (here on Instagram), there’s been much interest for more swatches.

What I love about Chanel holiday is, the opulence. The packaging always has beautiful seasonal details and come in very wearable colours that the quintessential Chanel lover enjoys. They truly encapsulate the spirit of the season so well.

The 2019 holiday collection is inspired by Coco Chanels love for ornaments. Gold details that offset Gabrielles minimalistic black and white palette.

The powders are adorned with pretty Chanel button embossing, and curiously enchanting as much as the silky powders beneath.

This year you can expect,

Rouge Allure Lipsticks in 6 luxurious shades –

807 Rouge Délicieux : a soft rosebud

817 Rouge Splendide : a pink coral

827 Rouge Magnifique : a bright orange

837 Rouge Spectaculaire : a true red

847 Rouge Majestueux : an intense muted raspberry

857 Rouge Noble : a black cherry burgundy

2 Rouge Coco glosses –

824 Rouge Carmin – a light brick red

826 Rouge Grenat – a brownish red

Highlighter –

Éclat Magnétique de Chanel – Metal Peach

Les 4 Ombré (eyeshadow quad)

342 Lumiéres et Opulence

2 Ombré Premiere (eyeshadow singles)

56 Grandeur : a metallic old gold

58 Poupre Brun : a plum brown

Stylo Yeux

951 Khaki Intense

Vernis

715 Deepness : a gunmetal green

719 Richness : a chestnut red

Chanel holiday 2019 makeup

Among the key pieces of this collection is this elegant eyeshadow quad. If you follow me here you’ll know i’m a fan of the Chanel eyeshadow formula. the texture is silky and always buildable for a range of looks from luminously airy to deep and mysterious. I find the mix in this seasons palette rich and devastatingly pretty.

There’s a deep gunmetal khaki, soft peach, a dirty golden khaki and a molten brown.

lumiere et opulence chanel

The highlighter Metal Peach is another obvious must have. It catches the light beautifully (as seen is the swatch). Silky, pigmented, with no noticeable glitter. This one’s a mix of gold and peach, something that will see you well past the holiday season without breaking a sweat.

Moving onto the other offerings for the eyes, there are two single shadows with the prettiest (button) embossing. I find Grandeur irresistible. A gold that combines a hint of peachiness but still muted and very wearable.

A statement on it’s own as a bold wash across the lids.

Here’s a closer look!

chanel holiday 2019

Chanel holiday 2019

Saving the best for the last, the lips in focus this year are Rouge Allure. The packaging is gunmetal with a simple edging of gold. The colours are ultra wearable, with literally something for everyone.

My choice surprisingly are the rich berry tones. A slight departure from my usual favourite, REDS!

Chanel holiday 2019

Here’s another set of swatches by the window with natural light.

Love, love, LOVE Rouge Majestueux. The perfect holiday lip.

For a video of the highlighter, drop by Instagram. It’s such a stunner. Unfortunately the lighting wasn’t the best when I took this closeup.

 

Collection launch date is set for the end of October. Two months before Christmas, however these collections always sell out fast. Make sure to stalk the counters around the time so you wont miss the key pieces.

I’m so excited for the holidays! Can’t wait to share a few looks with this collection closer to the launch.

(all information from official press release provided by Chanel Beauty)

Pricing 

Nail Polish – SGD40

Eyeshadow quad – SGD98

Eyeshadow Mono – SGD57

Rouge Allure Lipstick – SGD56

Rouge Coco Gloss – SGD48

Eye Liner – SGD38

Highlighter – SGD103

CHANEL Cruise 2019 | Review, Photos & Swatches

Three years in a row, CHANEL Cruise has been my favourite collection each year. It’s that final drop as summer hits and loaded with great colours for summer vacations. Usually the nail polishes are my first pick, glorious shades that work superb for sunny manicures and powders that are eventually must-haves in my makeup bag.

Lumiere Et Contraste is based on light and shade. The glow on summer skin with depth to make the features pop. I love smokier eyes for summer paired with nude lips and glowy skin. Isn’t it pretty much summer makeup 101?

Here’s the list of newness that’s Chanel Cruise 2019,

Duo Bronze Et Lumiere Clair & Medium

Les 4 Ombres Lumieres Naturelles

Ombre Premiere Gloss Lunaire & Solaire

Stylo Ombre Et Contour Pure Flesh, Metallic Flash & Vague

Rouge Coco Gloss Fraicheur, Aurora

Rouge Coco Flash Lumiere & Contraste

Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Warm Beige

Le Vernis Afterglow, Open Air & Purple Ray

Duo Bronze Et Lumiere described as ‘matte’ bronzer/pearlescent highlighter duo. This comes in two shade variants, one intended for fair complexions (Clair) and Medium for medium skin tones. The formulation for the bronzer seems new, incredibly fine, luminous and blends like a DREAM. It almost feels a cream-powder hybrid when swatching.

The undertones are very neutral and work perfectly for a bit of sculpting. I love that the bronzers aren’t flat, there’s definitely some golden shimmer, for a more satin luminous finish.

The highlighters in these are equally stunning. Both with golden shimmer.

Clair overall has a slight peachy rosy undertone that makes it beautiful for fairer skin tones. I don’t think the bronzer in this will ever work for anyone, perhaps those with an alabaster complexion, even so as a finishing powder at best.

Here’s a look at the swatches.

Clair contains a peachy pink powder and a peachy pink highlighter with golden shimmer.

Medium is a neutral brown with a gold shimmery highlight.

I rounded up a few comparisons to see how these compare with my current stash.

My go-to is the Givenchy (which looks pretty beat up now!) and is my perfect shade. A mid tone warm brown with no orange tones. In comparison the Chanel is the deepest of them all, with hardly any yellow. probably why this works so well for some sculpting. It’s also much less warmer compared to everything else.

I also included the (NEW) Tom Ford Soleil bronzer Gold Dust which will be reviewed next along with the Soleil 2019 collection. It’s a peachier gold with a fantastic formula.

For the eyes it’s neutrals again (I feel like CHANEL’s been churning out neutrals non stop these days!). This time an easy to use no fuss combination of matte browns, shimmering taupe and bronze to help define this seasons sultry smokey look. The colours are easy to work with and the textures are beautiful. As always Chanel shadows are very easy to blend and always allow effortless application.

Lumieres Naturelles is one of those palettes that can definitely be an everyday staple. I found myself dipping into shade 3 and 4 the most, a quick eye look with some subtle contouring and bronzy lid.

Also within the collection are three eyeshadow pencils that can be used on its own or as eyeshadow bases. Metallic Flash is a shimmery silvery taupe and Vague a satin medium brown.

These glide on easily and can be smudged out with a brush or fingers before they set. They are pretty much budge proof then on for long wear. I notice a little creasing and fading around 5-6 hours later since I have very oily lids but overall they last much better than most cream pencils.

Also in the eye category are two interesting gloss toppers Solaire & Lunaire. Personally I shy away from high maintenance makeup. Specially in weather that’s pushing over ninety degrees! But I find myself drawn to Solaire. There’s noticeable gold flecks suspended in the gel that catches the light beautifully. If you skip eye makeup, a light veil of this looks sophisticated and fresh. A waterproof mascara is a must of course.

When testing these out I also added some to the tops of the cheek bones for a wet highlight effect and decided I prefer to wear them this way. When placed strategically these are gorgeous on the skin (as you’ll see from the look I created for the collection).

For the lips I was sent the two Rouge Coco Flash lipsticks. These are a brand new lipstick launch for 2019. An instant love for me. I have been accumulating quite a few and live for these glossy, vibrant shades. As expected from a glossy formula they don’t last as much but I don’t mind reapplying time to time so these work perfectly fine for me. Overall sheer lipsticks are my go-to for summers warm months and they look great applied.

Lumiere is a soft peachy rose and Contraste a deep neutral mauve. The pay off as you can see is quite sheer but they are somewhat buildable and look beautiful on the lips. The deeper shades do show up better, especially if you have pigmented lips.

The nailpolishes are always high on my wish list and the three new additions did not disappoint. I found they are sheerer in terms of pigmentation, though with two medium coats deliver a satisfying result. Purple Ray is my must-have and a gorgeous shade for summer, so is Open Air. I love how paler, neutral toned shades like Purple Ray compliment my warm skintone as I tan. Definitely something to check out when you visit the counter.

Afterglow is a beautiful neutral toned sheer beige with subtle golden shimmer. I wasn’t sure how much I was going to love this but it’s one of those polishes that can look great for a barely there groomed look.

As always the wear is approximately 4-5 days.

Moving on to a look I created with some of the collection.

I used the Duo Bronze Et Lumiere in Medium for the cheekbones, the eye gloss Solaire with Lumiere on the lips. I wanted to experiment with a slightly different look since I always post the brown neutral eye looks.

The gloss is absolutely gorgeous for summer, but obviously crazy high maintenance and creases if you apply too much. But as you can see topped over the highlighter it gives the most incredible wet glow. It’s probably one of my favourite looks so far!

Bottom Line

My must-have from the collection is the Bronzer duo Medium, the lipstick in Lumiere and the nailpolish Purple Ray. I would also add Vague to the mix as it was a great everyday shade that I’m sure you’d grab often. Just perfect for those rushed days when you need something on the eyes that wont take much time.

What are your favourites from the collection?

CHANEL Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint | Review, Photos & Swatches

Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint

This summer CHANEL adds a brand new foundation to it’s base portfolio. The Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint. Using a patented microfruidics process, this new skin tint features cutting edge technology to deliver a result that mimics ‘nude’ skin. Imperceptible, like a second skin and luminous for that gorgeously dewy healthy look.

The pigments are suspended in an aqueous phase (92%). Which releases a wave of freshness on application as it hydrates the skin with a high dose of water, vegetal glycerin (read vegan) and tamarind extract. The other 8% is the oily phase, containing pigment capsules which burst once applied.  Encapsulating pigments in this manner enables the limiting of extra ingredients such as emulsifiers and helps deliver that exceptionally weightless feel.

Water-Fresh tint

Packaging

The packaging is a clear pump version with a signature black cap. It’s elegant, perfectly travel friendly (lightweight and less prone to damage) and pretty much a summer essential for your upcoming holidays.

The foundation comes with it’s own brush for application. Densely packed with a tapered edge & designed to give the best results with this base. The quality of the brush is pretty good. It’s washable, and is quite sturdy. Unlike some of the flimsy brushes that come free with products.

Application Tips

According to the demo videos i’ve seen online, Lucia Pica (CHANEL Global Creative Makeup & Colour Designer) dispenses the product to the back of her hand and blends the product with the brush to burst the micro droplets, after which it’s applied to the skin.

I’ve been working the other way around and found that pumping the product to the back of my hand and picking up product (water, micro-droplets whole) and then blending the solution on the skin itself works great and minimizes wastage. One observation was, you run through the product easily. And my method helps with getting most of the product on the face without wasting it on the back of your hand!

The finish of this is sheer and incredibly glowy. Very similar effect to the dewy Korean cushions from a few years back. The difference would be the CHANEL version almost feels like a gel foundation and sets. Working quite well with warmer humid weather of summer.

The extra thin layer means no excess product that can end up seeping into fine lines.Therefore I believe this will look amazing on mature skin, specially with it’s luminous youthful glow.

As seen in the ‘before’ and ‘after’ I appreciate how it evens out the redness around my cheeks and leaves my skin looking natural but perfected, & even-toned. If you are looking for more coverage, sadly this isn’t buildable and should suit only those who require light coverage. Overall the feel is, it’s very much like a tinted moisturiser. But a grown-up fancy version with slightly more coverage. For added coverage I usually pair this with my Clé de Peau Beauté concealer to any blemished areas I need extra concealing, leaving the healthy skin to shine through.

As far as longevity goes, it lasts pretty well on my combination skin. Doesn’t move around once (lightly) powdered. I would highly recommend this especially if you tend to wear minimal base during the day and prefer a natural look (like myself).

Here’s one last look on how this looks on the skin, outdoors. It’s absolutely imperceptible with a youthful glow when you compare the skin on my shoulders to the cheeks.

(P.S- this photo is not retouched in any way)

Bottom Line

It’s a great summer foundation. It does feel light and airy on the skin as it claims. Sheer coverage means it’s pretty easy to get a decent shade match too.

This comes in six btw. Light. Medium Light. Medium. Medium Plus. Light Deep & Deep.

The only problem I found with this was you really run through it fast! I have only used it about 7 times and it’s already at the 3/4 mark. I wish it would last a bit longer. But will gladly repurchase once I do finish this bottle as my skin loves it!

Shade matching

For reference I’m a MAC NC35 and the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint Medium is my match.

Ingredients :

Aqua (Water). Hydrogenated Polydecene. Glycerin. Methyl Gluceth-20. Peg-75. Pentylene Glycol. Octyldodecanol. Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract. Phenoxyethanol. Butylene Glycol. Polyhydroxystearic Acid. Sodium Carbomer. Disteardimonium Hectorite. Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum. Aluminium Hydroxide. Propylene Carbonate. Amodimethicone. Disodium EDTA. Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate. Alcaligenes Polysaccharides. Parfum. Lysine. Magnesium Chloride. Ethylhexylglycerine. BHT. [+/- (May contain)CI 77007 (Ultramarines). Cl 77492, Cl77499 (Iron Oxides). Cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide). Mica]

 

Pricing & Availability

At all Chanel Boutiques from the 25th April and counters from the 3rd May islandwide.

Retail price-  SGD106.

*Sample provided by Chanel beauty for review consideration.

 

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Collection 2019 | Review, Photos & Swatches

Les Beiges Chanel

Each summer Chanel releases the Les Beiges collection. A mix of beauty essentials especially curated for sun kissed golden skin. The Les Beiges powders in limited edition packaging are my favourite, but the lip balms and summer eye quads are usually equally enticing!

This year, Chanel will be launching a 9 pan eyeshadow palette, a new shade addition to the Les Beiges Healthy Glow lip balm and a whole range of Les Beiges powders in beige packaging with the name Chanel in a handwritten style.

Also in the mix, there’s an even more exciting foundation launch, the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint featuring microfluidics technology (to be reviewed soon).

Todays post will be focused on the colour collection, i.e the eye palette and the lip balm seen above.

Chanel les beige

Les Indispensables is a ‘natural eyeshadow collection’. A host of neutrals in a perfectly curated mix of mattes, satins and shimmers. It’s your wardrobe of essentials for all day, and night.

The palette clearly leans neutral, the colours and tones working harmoniously to enhance the beauty of nude skin.

I find the formula and payoff of the mattes similar to last years Clair-Obscur nude palette. The textures are silky and sits on the eyes like a second skin. They don’t feel powdery or dry. They blend very easily and create an eye look with no harsh lines; perfect for fool-proof application.

The paler shimmers go on smooth, (there’s one beige and a pale pink) creating simple elegant strokes of highlight adding depth to the eye looks.

The right side of the palette contains a cluster of rich neutrals in rust tones, earthy browns and taupe grey for added depth along the lash line and crease.

Here’s another set of swatches.

les indispensables swatches

 

I’ve been testing several eye looks with these over the Chanel Longwear Eye Primer. It extends the wear of all eyeshadows and creates a smooth canvas for application. (Something I absolutely recommend investing in). The colours never faded throughout wear and looked as fresh as it was applied till I removed them approx. 7 hours later.

My overall verdict on this palette is that it’s perfect for an understated sophisticated makeup look. Perfectly suited for the discerning clientele they cater to.

Personally I think it’s one of those palettes that can be a work horse in your collection, effortlessly churning out a multitude of natural eye makeup looks from soft defined eyes to smokier versions for the night time. Even the ‘red’ in the palette is the most wearable one i’ve ever seen!

 

 

For the lips, Healthy Glow Lip Balm adds the perfect hint of colour. A universally flattering warm brick red for a stained effect.

The texture is creamy and hydrating for maximum comfort. Perfect for a hint of colour but essentially a lip balm that’s great all day every day.

Swatches,

On to a look created with the collection.

I swapped out the balm and used a (new) nude Rouge Coco Flash instead. The colour is Casual (worn over a lip that was filled in with a nude lip pencil).

Bottom Line

If you missed out on the last matte nude quad Clair-Obscur (reviewed), this new 9 pan palette is well worth picking up. It allows a lot more variety in looks while still satisfying that need for everyday mattes.

If you’ve been deciding between the previous NARS Skin Deep palette (reviewed) and this, the two are actually quite different. I’ll add a swatch set for easy reference, but overall the Chanel is the safer bet for fairer complexions that prefer neutral tones over warm. I also see this palette appealing to the mature customer that prefers subtle definition over bold look too.

What are your picks from the collection? I’ve already been testing the new foundation and without giving too much away, I can say it’s not disappointing! Definitely something to look into if you prefer sheer coverage with a radiant finish.

Review to be up soon!; but i’ll be posting some of my initial thoughts on Instagram first. Follow me there, same handle BubblyMichelle

xx 

chanel les beiges

 

Collection details

Les Beiges Fresh Water-Tint – SGD106

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder Shade N10, N20, N30, N40, N50 – SGD82

Les Beiges Healthy Glow (LE) Shade N10, N20 – SGD89

Les Indipensable Eye Palette – SGD139

Les Beiges Lip Balm – SGD52

Available May 3rd onwards, all Chanel counters. Pre launching at Boutiques April 25th.