Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lipstick | Photos, Swatches, Review

Chanel Rouge Allure

This fall Chanel has a new addition to their lipstick lineup. The Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lipsticks (in six shades).

An innovative matte formula that’s liquid but goes on silky smooth for a velvety finish. The final effect is a softly blurry colour that mimics a quintessential ‘just been kissed’ French lip look. Smudgy, effortless, with no harsh edges.

Overall the packaging is a win, I find the soft rubber look rather fresh and very travel friendly. Also the matching tube with the corresponding lipstick shade makes life a lot easier when you have to grab-and-go in the mornings. My only concern is the sponge tip applicator of which i’ve never been a fan, but of course essential to create the blurry, smudgy look.

The formula goes on the lips almost velvety and has a smooth silicone-y feel. Never really setting but looking completely matte and velvety on the lips. Worlds apart from the (dry as the desert) matte liquid lipsticks that’s in the market right now. And you’ll never have to worry about emphasized lip lines anymore.

As expected, with a formula that doesn’t set, the longevity isn’t much (2-3 hours max) and definitely doesn’t last through meals. Regular touchups would be necessary to maintain intensity.

Overall within the range, some shades appear considerably more pigmented than the others. I believe Avant Gardiste to have the best texture and pigmentation. Plasir and Avocation though pigmented cannot be layered on and ends up looking slightly patchy whenever I attempt to achieve better coverage.

Here’s a look at the colour range.

960 Avant Gardiste – A deep wine red.

956 Invincible – A neutral true red.

954 Radical – A neutral orange red.

958 Volupte – A bright raspberry red.

950 Plasir – A bright peach.

952 Evocation – A neutral fleshy nude.

Bottom line

The texture is actually something completely new and takes a bit of getting use to. There’s a constant fear the colour might actually move and end up smudging since they feel so cushiony on the lips.

What I really love though is it never dries out the lips, something exceptional since a matte lip look always ends up feeling uncomfortable within a few hours.

Overall I can’t really say if I love them enough to wear everyday. What draws me is the intense saturated colour. If I had to recommend one, a must-try, Avant-Gardiste would be my pick. An elegant red for a special night out.

Pricing and Availability 

To be updated.

 

*Includes PR samples received for review consideration.

 

 

 

Dior Summer 2018 Diorshow On Stage Liner Review

The instant Dior summer dropped I was at the counter in a heartbeat to check out the most exciting portion of the launch. All new liquid liners in a rainbow of colours! I’ve already posted complete swatches here on IG but was really keen on letting you know my thoughts on these products after giving them a fair test.

At the time I also grabbed one of the limited edition Nude powders in a pastel mix (which I normally skip as they are too light for my tanned skin), & also the new All Day Brow Ink which was a waterproof formula.

The collection consists of 14 shades from matte white to hot pink to shimmery blue. All packaged in slick black with the corresponding shade on the length of the liner (which is always great for easy identification).

The applicator is an easy to use felt tip that’s perfectly formed for precision. What really impressed me is, with the shape and length of the tip, it was near impossible to mess up the application. The fine tip allows you to get really close to the roots of the lashes and in between for a fuller voluminous look.

The saturation of colour is truly impressive. One fluid stroke is all it takes for a neat opaque line. I don’t think a coloured liner should be any other way.

Between the mattes and the shimmers (which were only a few) I find I like both formulas. Although I did notice the mattes weren’t a true matte as expected. They always seem to dry to a semi matte finish.

If you are one of those people who find it difficult making it through the day without a migrating line.. this is THE ONE you are looking for. I found the longevity of these incredible. There was zero smudging or flaking all day. And this is me testing a full day which is over 12 hours right up until I take off my makeup at night (by which i’m always faced with at least a little smudging near the inner corners)..

On that same note, taking off the liner does require some patience as this long-wear formula fittingly adheres to the lids and is budge proof. Normally i’d turn to a waterproof eye makeup remover to successfully get every last bit of eye makeup off and it works brilliantly.

Here’s a quick comparison of my go-to daily liners against the new Dior. As you can see, the Matte Brown is very saturated and applies beautifully. Another reason why I seem to use it most days.

Bottom line

Impressed. That’s my conclusion in one word. It’s rare I find a product that truly exceeds expectations. And my oily lids concur these to be backup worthy.

So far my top picks are the Matte Brown and Pearly Turquoise. Both apply so beautifully. However if you require something with some punch, the pink makes a fabulous summer shade. I know I will use this lots! 

Here’s the white in action. I wore this simple look to the beach a few weeks back!

Applied over eyeshadow, the white line tends to get muddy, and a few layers were needed as the underlying eye makeup keep transferring to the nib. Just make sure you wait till the first line dries before you retrace it and keep wiping the nib often to achieve that pure white line.

…or just skip the eyeshadow altogether! You honestly don’t even need it.

CHANEL Cleansing Collection 2018 Review

CHANEL cleansers

Early June Chanel launched a range of new cleansers. I was lucky to receive the product beforehand and been testing everything for the past few months. What’s exciting is this collection is complete with cleansers for all needs. From an oil for makeup removal to a foaming cleanser for daily use, to everything in between!

According to the press release, the collection was created keeping skins balance in mind, and contains two key marine active ingredients. Blue Micro-Algae to protect the skin from micro-stress generated by pollution, and Marine Salicornia with it’s ability to self-regulate water and for skin strengthening actions.

These cleansers give you a thorough cleanse removing makeup and impurities while maintaining the skin barrier and PH for comfortable soft skin that’s radiant and stronger.

Chanel cleansers

LE LAIT FRAICHEUR D’EAU Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk-to-Water

Is a mildly scented, light cream that melts into a watery texture when massaged into the skin, then wiped off with cotton or in my case, rinsed off. Every single use I noticed that this leaves a thin film on the skin and doesn’t rinse off completely and therefore preferable for days when the skin’s feeling drier than normal.

*According to instructions on the box, it is to be wiped off with cotton, though I still prefer to wash away all traces of cleanser, so I proceeded to use it as I always do. If you have dry skin the wipe off method should be ideal.

LE LAIT DOUCEUR D’HUILE Anti -Pollution Cleansing Milk-to-Oil

As the name suggests, goes on a cream to transform into a clear solution which lightly emulsifies milky with water. The formula was gentle and does not irritate the eyes. Once rinsed the cleanser is removed completely without any residue on the skin but feels soft to the touch without feeling dry or tight.

Mildly scented as the Cleansing Milk-To-Water.

LA MOUSSE Cleansing Cream to Foam

Is a foam cleanser. Mildly scented and extra rich in terms of foaminess. This is my favourite for a morning cleanse or a second cleanse if you double cleanse regularly. I like that it never leaves the skin feeling tight or dry. The tube is also pretty large too and a little goes a long way. It will last you a while!

L’HUILE Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil

The first thing I noticed about L’Huile is that it’s quite heavily scented in comparison to the other three. If you prefer something unscented or have skin that’s easily irritated by fragrance, best try a sample first. What I love though is that this really does take off makeup exceptionally well without having to rub too hard.

Massaged onto dry skin this oil goes on like silk, then emulsifies with water to create a milky solution that rinses off completely with no oily residue. Skin never feels stripped but incredibly clean and soft. It’s a must try in my opinion if you are interested in the collection and my favourite.

Bottom Line

Upon use it’s pretty evident these are luxury cleansers. The sensorial pleasure and textures justify paying extra for. The sleek packaging is just the cherry on top!

Also in comparison to the prices of other luxury cleansers i’ve used before, the Chanel is actually priced better. The Tom Ford oil cleanser (still my favourite) is a lot more $$$ (& reviewed here), so are the cleansers by Sisley or Clé de Peau (who also revamped their entire cleanser line last year & reviewed here). S$64 for Chanel is still within the justifiable margin to me.

My top picks from the new collection are the oil cleanser for daily makeup removal and the foaming cleanser & would recommend them to everyone keen on trying out this line.

Of course depending on your skin type you could try the Milk-To-Water or the Milk-to-Oil versions too which are very soothing on the skin if you have normal to dry skin. Not heavy duty enough to take off a full face of makeup, but wonderful if you don’t wear a LOT of makeup daily and are looking for something special for removing daily grime and pollutants.

*All cleansers within the line are mentioned as suitable for all skin types.

Price List

L’Huile (150ml) – SGD64

Le Lait Fraicheur d’eau (150ml) – SGD 64

La Mousse (150ml) – SGD 64

Le Lait douceur D’Huile (150ml) – SGD64

Ingredient list

chanel cleanser ingredients list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*PR samples sent by Chanel for review consideration.

 

Clé De Peau Beauté Concealer Review (2018 reformulation)

If you prefer a ‘no makeup’ makeup look as I do, concealer might just be the one product you use daily. My daily look usually includes my Clé de Peau concealer worn on it’s own or as a touch up for areas with blemishes, redness or anywhere I prefer just a touch more coverage.

This year, Clé de Peau reformulated and relaunched their bestseller concealer with a whole new look. Even though the previous packaging (in my eyes) was the ultimate in terms of luxury, the brand has managed to take it a notch higher.

If you are new to the Clé de Peau Concealer. It’s a stick type product. Compact and easy to carry even in the smallest of makeup bags. It’s the size of a lipstick. Tiny but mighty!

The coverage is quite high, with very good pigmentation. You don’t have to pack on loads to achieve that flawless look. It blends easily and fuses to the skin, staying put all day long without sliding around or creasing (much). In comparison to the older version, the new concealer is far less emollient and even more pigmented. I do find the updated formula has minimal creasing and works wonderfully for the undereyes.

Also added to this new formula is sunscreen (broad spectrum SPF 25 PA +++) to protect the undereye from sun damage. And ALSO skincare ingredients such as Chestnut Rosa Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract to protect  the skin with a daily dose of antioxidants. This formula promises anti-aging properties that over time helps achieve a brighter under eye and also smoothed out wrinkles.

Here’s a look at the old and the new. I like the new touches and design elements of the updated packaging. The subtle gold detailing adds to it’s appeal.

For those of you already using this concealer, it’s interesting to note that Ochre is now noticeably neutral and lighter than the older version. However I find the same shade matches me just the same.

Below are swatch comparisons to other high coverage concealers in my stash. (For reference, i’m usually between a MAC 30-35)

Overall NARS delivers the best coverage from the lot, although I refrain from using it under the eyes as it tends to migrate into my fine lines. It’s mostly reserved for pigmentation and spot concealing for which it works exceptionally well. Like photoshop for real life. See review here.

Personally I prefer a lighter coverage concealer for day to day use and adding a touch of Clé de Peau for more coverage on the purple areas or around the nose where there’s a lot of redness.For special occasions it’s definitely Clé de Peau all the way as nothing else gives me that flawless look under the eyes without caking.

Here’s a roundup of all the shades currently available. The range isn’t massive, but there’s enough shades for fair to medium to deep (except for very deep complexions).

Bottom Line

It’s a big thumbs up from me.

I love that there’s added sun protection, specially useful since I never apply sun screen under the eyes; and the new ‘Thin Fit Layer Formula’ allows the concealer to apply smoothly and set, so creasing to be kept at a minimum while also prolonging wear.

I understand justifying the price for something so small (in terms of quantity) can be difficult, but the amount used daily makes the tiniest dent. It’s without a doubt an investment purchase but one that has served me well. So far my last one has lasted me 1.5 years!

*PR samples included.

 

 

Chanel Cruise 2018 Collection : Review, Photos & Swatches

Today I have a review of the Chanel Cruise Collection, Éclat Et Transparence. A riot of red, gold and hues of coral. Lucia Pica, Global Creative Makeup and Colour Director proposes bold use of red in transparent layers post summer. The perfect compliment for that golden tan.

Even though the collection is mostly about this beautiful red eye palette, I found other bits that I believe are just as tempting. I’m sure you’ve already got a potential list ready by now too.

Chanel Cruise 2018

The collection consists of,

Éclat Énigmatique Les 4 Ombre (eyeshadow palette)

Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayons in 4 shades

Essential Palette, Éclat Solaire

Waterproof Eyeliner in 3 shades

Longwear Nail Polish in 3 shades

Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

L’Eau Tan – (tanning spray)

From the entire collection, the palette has to be my favourite. It’s not often Chanel strays from the tried and true classics but I believe these tones are the perfect balance for a look that’s daring yet elegant at the same time.

Chanel Eclat Enigmatique

The palette consists of all pearlised shadows. A sheer golden oyster, gunmetal grey, medium bronze and a vibrant warm red.

The payoff of all eyeshadows are quite good, even though intense these blend impressively. For todays look i’ve used a majority of the red shade pushing the palette to it’s limits purely to show you it’s potential. Usually I don’t wear dramatic looks like this unless it’s something like New Year!

Here’re some swatches first.

Chanel cruise 2018

Considering the seemingly undying interest in red palettes, I added a few comparison swatches featuring some of my other favourites. In case you want to pick them up as well!

The matte red in the Marc Jacobs palette leans more neutral in comparison to Chanel. Tom Ford overall gives off a more tonal muted vibe.

Between the three, the Chanel red is by far the most vibrant and interesting. A mix i’m loving currently even for dinner makeup, wearing just the bronze paired with a touch of red in the outer corner, lining with the gunmetal. It’s one of those effortless looks you can slap on in a rush.

What are your thoughts on red palettes?

Chanel eclat solaire

This season Chanel also released an Essential Palette in an unexpected colourway. A striking combination of a creamy raspberry red blush, shimmering warm gold highlighter with gold specks and a rosy nude shimmer highlighter.

Although intimidating at first glance, I do love the balmy blush and find it very easy to blend. The finish and the texture was a clear winner for me. It’s one of those effortless products that end up being a must have during summer. juicy plump cheeks all year long actually!

The two highlighter shades in the gold and rose gold offer an element of light to the complexion. Both creamy and very easy to blend. Even though the gold is quite warm, I experimented using it on the high points of the cheeks (now that i’ve tanned considerably). I don’t think it’ll work that well on paler complexions though. The yellow tones in this is very pronounced. The rosy nude on the other hand is almost my skin colour and blends leaving a wet glow. No detectable colour once blended out. I feel this would look better on paler complexions and a great option if you like a glossy natural looking highlight. Usually it’s hard to recommend a palette if you don’t love all the shades but, if you feel the yellow is workable somehow, I think the blush and rosy nude highlight alone makes this rather special.

Chanel Eclat Solaire

The Jumbo Lip Crayons were an instant love for me. The colours I have `A la Rosée and Au Naturel, a peachy pink and a warm medium brown.

The texture of these are very creamy, they glide on easily and deliver a glossy sheer to medium coverage. I don’t think they work well built up, as the formula has too much slip, however worn as just a touch of colour, both shades look summery and fresh. My personal favourite is Au Naturel, with A la Rosée being slightly too light a shade for my medium skin tone.

Overall I think the quality of these are really lovely and keep the lips hydrated and supple throughout wear. Lasting power as expected (as any sheer lipstick) was about 2-3 hours. Regular touchups are necessary to keep these going the whole day.

Chanel Au Naturel

If all else is a pass, the nailpolish shades within the collection are totally worth looking at. I’m happy to find the formula of these have improved and now they last longer. Although the best wear I can get is still about 5 days. I love that they don’t chip as easily.

The colours I tested was Chicness and Légèrete. A muted rosy taupe and a muted medium sage green. I never got around to testing the pink polish Halo, but in case you do own Novela Rosa (from spring), this one’s much warmer and brighter. They aren’t alike.

Lastly, here’s a look at the eyeshadow palette and the blush from the Essential palette worn on the cheeks. I do love all the tones of red that make for a striking look. On the lips is the Jumbo Lip Crayon, Au Naturel.

Bottom Line

The quality of the products I sampled were impressive and true to Chanel standards. The palette especially, (Éclat Énigmatique) is a must have. I wish I had longer wear with my oily lids, but it didn’t stay on more than 4-5 hours. I might have to try various primers to get this to work better on me, but over the last year i’ve noticed most eyeshadows have been fading faster. I believe my oily lids are just getting oilier!.

Also a must have within the collection is a gorgeous polish Chicness. I think you will be needing backups of this.

*PR samples included.

 

A Guide to La Mer Moisturisers

My own experience with the brand began when I picked up a jar of their Soft Cream about 6 years ago. Since then, many formulations and new technology have been introduced within the moisturisers category, and i’ve finally managed to test them ALL!

Currently there’re three favourites I keep in rotation. These are my go-to’s which I constantly turn to when my skin needs extra TLC and moisture.

If you’ve been eyeing the moisturisers and unable to make up your mind on which formula to invest in, I hope my review would be of use to you. The options can be overwhelming if you are new to the brand. I know.

La Mer

The current portfolio of La Mer Moisturisers contain the original Crème de la Mer, Soft Cream, Soft Lotion, Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream and the Moisturizing Matte Lotion.

The latest release (just last month) was the Cool Gel Cream that replaced the Gel Cream. Perfect for summer months and anyone with combination skin.

La Mer Cool Gel Cream

All formulations of the La Mer moisturisers contain the nutrient rich ‘Miracle Broth™’. An ingredient derived from Sea Kelp which was discovered by Dr. Huber (the founder).

This Miracle Broth boasts an array of benefits. Accelerates skin regeneration, nourishes skin, heals and soothes. Over time skin looks radiant, with less visible lines and supple. Overall, younger looking.

Here’s a quick look at some swatches I took, so you get an feel of the texture.

(T-B) Lined up from the lightest to the richest formula.

Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream – A translucent gel that’s cooling up on application. The formula delivers a burst of hydration leaving the skin supple to the touch. Skin immediately looks refreshed and healthy with a light radiant glow.

This formula is ideal for warmer months, humid conditions and anyone with combination skin. I use this as a morning moisturizer. Perfect to be worn under makeup as it hydrates well but doesn’t create an additional oily layer on the skin which could cause makeup to slide off. Suitable for normal, combination and oily skin types.

Moisturizing Matte Lotion – The lightest cream formula of the 5 moisturizers. I find the hydration capabilities similar to the Cool Gel Cream. However in my personal opinion, I would pick a gel moisturiser over matte. I prefer my skin to feel really well hydrated throughout the day. This particular formulation, balances shine and softens the look of pores as it doesn’t create an overly radiant look. Ideal for oily skin types or combination skin. 

Moisturizing Soft Lotion – Provides intense hydration without the heaviness of a thick moisturiser. I would recommend this for day and night for normal or combo skin types. Personally this is my go-to for a night time skincare routine and the convenient pump bottle makes for easy use. The bottle although heavy, I find to be travel friendly as I don’t have to pack a additional spatula! Perfect for normal skin and combination skin.

Moisturizing Soft Cream – Very similar in terms of texture although less runny in comparison to the Soft Lotion. It’s my old favourite.

With prolonged use, skin feels supple and healthy. The overall texture of the skin is improved and noticeably firmer.

This formula is perfect for night time routines if you have normal to dry skin. For the day time I would advice using lesser quantity and making it work. With my combination skin, the Soft Cream wasn’t a suitable option for the day time. Although personally I do enjoy some extra hydration at night, I suspect the rich texture caused a few whiteheads. Therefore hesitate recommending this to anyone with combination skin or tends to have pores that clog easily.

Crème de la Mer – The richest formulation of the 5. More suitable for mature, dry skin as the texture is in fact very rich. I use this mostly in colder climates when my skin gets dry and starts to peel. I ALWAYS pack my mini when I travel, ‘just in case’. It’s great for instant relief for irritated peeling skin and winter weather; also good for hands and elbows or whenever you need some extra moisture. Suitable for dry or mature skin types.

The Cool Gel Cream, Moisturizing Soft Lotion and Soft Cream. The three I rotate in my routine.

Personally the new Cool Gel Cream is my favourite as it’s ideal for combination skin for day time. The hydration level is just right for me and doesn’t feel oily on the skin.

For the nights it’s usually the Soft Lotion or the Soft Cream. These days it’s mostly the Soft Lotion though as my Soft Cream takes a back seat.

Bottom Line

Apart from the positives, I do notice whenever I use the thicker formulations of La Mer, my t-zone starts to clog easily, which brings me to address a question that keeps popping up time and again. Mineral oils???!

The second or third ingredient in every La Mer moisturizer ingredient list i’ve checked contains Petrolatum. Mineral oil. It’s a known ingredient that can cause clogged pores. In an age where skincare is starting to get ‘cleaner’ it’s harder to understand the use of such a filler. My advice is, if you have generally congested skin or skin prone to white heads, possibly pick one of the lighter formulas or look elsewhere. In my experience I do think some of the creams can cause white heads.

The reason I continue to use La Mer even with the mineral oil debate, is because I do notice my skin in better condition while on it. It’s healing and soothing properties make it perfect for sensitive skin like mine, that’s constantly battling redness and irritation.

Have you tried La Mer moisturisers before? I’m keen on hearing your thoughts on this. Please do leave a comment with your experience and which formulation you use, it’d be helpful to others too ❤

Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2018 | Review , Photos , Swatches

It seems the best summer beauty comes from Tom Ford each year. Of course the white and gold packaging is hard to resist, but what do you do when everything is soo good and you can’t pick??

Tom Ford summer 2018

The collection this year includes,

11 Ultra Shine Lip Color (SGD76)

2 Soleil Lip Color Sheer (SGD76)

1 Soleil Lumière Lip (SGD76)

Soleil Contouring Compact (SGD180) 

Soleil Sheer Cheek Duo (SGD119)

Soleil Illuminating Glow Stick (SGD88)

2 Soleil Cream and Powder Eye Color (SGD90)

Shade and Illuminate Eye Color Duo (SGD61)

The Soleil Ultra Shine Lip Colors are incredibly juicy saturated lipsticks with the comfort of a balm texture. For a glossy lipstick, I find the payoff of these beyond impressive. Two strokes for full-on saturated lips.

The formula doesn’t feel heavy or over emollient. The perfect light airy feel of a summer lip.

These are great as an everyday lipstick, they don’t make my lips peel or dry out. Therefore, all i’ve been reaching for these past weeks!

Wear time would be around 3-4 hours depending on the shades you choose. The darker ones seem to wear better and stain the lips.

Here’s 7 of the 11 shades released. The colour range is in fact pretty good, with something for everyone!

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Colour

On to swatches!

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Colour Swatches

Luscious – A neutral mauve rose

Rapturous – A warm berry pink

Ravenous – A blue based medium pink

Exuberant – A bright coral

Lavish – A light peach

Bare – A nude with pink tones and fine shimmer

Nubile – A warm rose nude

Here’s one more set of swatches taken in store!

 

Next up, complexion offerings of the Soleil collection.

Tom Ford Sun struck review

Among the brand new additions is a double ended Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick in the shade Sunstruck. Similar in size and design to the one’s released by Dior last year (which I also happen to love).

The product consists of a bright apricot blush and a bronze highlight. A balmy formulation for glossy sun-kissed summer skin.

Tom Ford Sun struck swatches

The blush shade as evident is saturated and vivid. The kind of effortless, summery, healthy flush we strive for. The colour blends well to achieve a very natural looking flush, no harsh edges or colour streaking.

The highlight shade looks wet on the skin with very fine sparkle that’s noticeable once blended out.

Wear time of this depends on wether you set with a powder. On it’s own I find I can get about 6-7 hours wear without noticeable fading.

For those who favour a powder formula for the cheeks, this year we have another addition to the Soleil Sheer Cheek Duos. Exotica Flora. Unlike the blush highlight combos of previous seasons, this years addition comes with two blushes! A bright coral and a pink.

I’ve swatched this alongside some of the other Sheer Cheek Duos. As you can see the colour payoff is beautiful but does require a light hand on application.

Tom Ford Exotica Flora

Exotica Flora (as seen above) has the most brightening effect among the duos. I love that the colour of these are buildable and should work great on all skin tones alike! Especially the medium to deeper complexions!

On the cheeks these maintain an ethereal translucent quality and always seem to blend into the skin without any powderiness.

Bottom Line

If I had to pick favourites from the collection, it’d be at least one of the lipsticks, either Exuberant or Ravenous. Sunstruck Shade & Illuminate Stick and the Sheer Cheek Duo.

They are best of the collection.

Of course, this time around there’s nothing I consider a miss and the quality was top notch! If you are in the mood to spend, the Tom Ford Soleil collection is exactly where you should begin!

*This post contains some PR samples and some products purchased by myself.