Lancome Vernis In Love – Etincelle D’Argent | Review, photos & swatches

If you picked up this nail lacquer from Lancomes Holiday collection, lucky! Unlikely it’d still be available as it was a limited edition shade, but I didn’t want to keep the loveliness which is 071 Etincelle  D’Argent to myself,  just in case there was a chance you’d still be able to hunt this down!

Lancome Holiday 2013 nail lacquer 071

Le Vernis 071 is a cool toned silver tinsel shade, textured and MATTE.

Lancome holiday 2013 nail polish lacquer

What I loved most about this lacquer was the consistency, not too runny or thick and it applied free of streaks achieving full opacity in just two coats.

Upon application of a top coat (in this case the Guerlain gel coat) I found the colour intensified and the glimmer more pronounced. It’s also worth noting that the top coat did not alter the textured surface, or turn it glossy.

Silver nail polish lancome holiday 2013

*All photographs were taken sans top coat, so you see this nail lacquer true to form. 

Other observations-

This nail lacquer felt heavy on the nails. Almost strengthening them with its sandy shimmer.  I considered that a plus, as my nails are quite thin and prone to chipping.

Drying time between coats was less than five minutes!

The wider brush shape of the Lancome nail lacquers give better control and made it easier to reach the sides of the nail for a neat finish.

Bottom line, I consider it unique and well worth splurging on 🙂 too pretty to pass up.

Product info-

Lancome nail lacquer contain 6ml 0.21 Fl. Oz and retail at SGD 30  (U.S retail price $15)

Benefit, The POREfessional : Agent Zero Shine |review, photos and swatches

 

 

Hello there! Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far 🙂

Today’s post is about a new product that Benefit cosmetics is set to release in Singapore this February. (The U.S as always has it in stores already, POUT) Luckily I was given a sample to test it out way back in November and I had plenty of time to use it and make  notes so I can share a nice fat review with you 😉

 

Benefit the porefessional agent zero shine

 

What it promises to achieve-

Take out shine without a trace!

The POREfessional: agent zero shine is your undercover shine fighter! Our NEW invisible shine-control powder instantly minimizes shine and helps smooth the look of pores. It joins the POREfesshional pore minimizer in your top secret mission for smoother-than-smooth skin. Pores and shine don’t stand a chance!

The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw this was how incredibly travel friendly it is! I packed this for my trip to India (I mean where better to try a mattifying product right?) and I can honestly say it saved space, was spill proof and was great for mid day touch ups.

It also makes packing a brush in your makeup bag redundant, as this comes with a built in  brush cleverly hidden at the bottom of the container. Hygienic and compact. I’d say the brush is pretty soft, not scratchy and good quality for something that comes free with a powder.

 

Porefessional agent zero shine benefit cosmetics

 

Here’s a look at the opening, which shuts close when you twist the top. No Spilling!

 

Benefit porefessional agent zero shine

 

Anyways now onto the important stuff!

Agent Zero shine is available in just one shade. Though it looked a little too light when I dusted some on the back of my hand, it pretty much disappears once you blend it out, it works somewhat like a translucent powder would in that sense.

I believe it should be ok for light to medium skin tones but I am not sure how this would look on the ladies with deep complexions.

 

Benefit Zero agent shine swatches

 

As Benefit promises it does keep shine at bay. I tested this out with my usual foundation Lancome’s Teint Visionnaire and dusted the Agent Zero Shine on the right side of my face and my regular powder on the left side. The powder pretty much disappeared onto the skin and didn’t leave a powdery finish, just a fresh and matte look.

It stayed a good 3 hours completely shine free. And towards the 4th my t-zone started getting slightly oily, but my cheeks were still in the slick free zone which I am very thankful for! The powder itself is pretty finely milled and I managed to re-apply it around the 5th hour without blotting my face, and it didn’t cake up my makeup or disturb it as a compact powder would. My face was right back at the fresh matte look I started out with.

*I see this very useful for career women who want to take their makeup from day to night without having to reapply foundation and start from scratch.

Other observations were-

Excellent for travel, as I myself hate lugging a giant jar of loose powder when I pack for vacations.

Mess free application. All you have to do is dust a bit into the cap or the palm of your hand and dip the powder brush in.. the lockable jar top is perfect to keep it from spilling while you do all this. Although I wouldn’t advise you using this while at a red light driving to work!

Pricing-

This is said to retail at around the same price as the Porefessional, that’s around SGD 49 and comes with 7.0g Net wt 0.24 oz of product 

You can purchase yours at Tangs or at any Sephora in Singapore around the first week of February when it’s said to release.

 

 

YSL Rose Scabiosa La Laque Couture nail lacquer review, photos and swatches

One thing YSL beauty does well is nail lacquer.

I have never come across any YSL polish that ever performed poorly to be honest. Yeah, some of the lighter shades can be a bit on the sheerer side, but a couple of coats always give a nice even finish.

YSL Rose Scabiosa #48 (LE) is no exception to that. I LOVE this cool toned, medium pink. I have nothing similar in my stash and was very excited to pick this up as soon as I returned home from my Christmas vacay.

I achieved full opacity in two coats (applied over the usual Chanel base coat). Later on I did go over it with a top coat which brought out more of a glossy finish. But this photo was taken before the top coat to give you an idea how it looks worn all by itself.

The Guerlain top coat I use extends the wear of these polishes, and also helps with keeping nail breakage to a minimum.

YSL Rose Scabiosa spring 2014 nail polish swatch

 

Application wise this was a dream to paint on. The consistency not too runny or too thick, and the signature broad tapered brush allows you to cover a wider surface of the nail and gives better control of application.

Perfect for those who enjoy DIY manicures! You really have to try hard to fail at applying this polish streak free 😉

 

YSL Spring 2014 nail polish Rose Scabiosa

 

* The drop of polish is a true representation of the actual polish colour.

 

Onto more product info.

These give me the best wear time, a solid week without major chipping, definitely wear longer than Chanel or Dior (Chanel being the poorest… visible tip wear within 3 days).

YSL lacquer come in 10ml / 0.34 fl.oz bottles, retail at SGD 37.

I purchased mine at the Ion Orchard counter, Singapore.

In the US they are available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks.

 

Thank you for stopping by, wishing all of you a wonderful week ahead!

 

Dior Rose Porcelaine quint review, photos and swatches

Dior Rose Porcelaine quint review, photos and swatches

I know my blog is slowly turning into a blog dedicated exclusively to Dior makeup, but once you find something you love, you start to obsess over it right? RIGHT? 😛 (Don’t stop till you get enough they say!)

Anyway, so this time around it’s something from an older collection, Rose Porcelaine 834, which I purchased at Neiman Marcus recently.

Dior Rose Procelaine quint

At first glance I loved that there’s a healthy combo of cool and neutral pinks in this palette. Perfect for Spring!

Dior Rose Porcelaine quint photos swatches

However swatches proved otherwise!

Prcelaine swatches with quad corrected

The quint consisted of,

  1. A cool medium toned almost cotton candy pink – swatches very sparkly and the colour gets lost in the midst of all the shimmer
  2. A cool soft yellow/cream shade  –  excellent for highlighting the inner corner of the eyes, it went on smooth.
  3. A light beige/ pink shade  – The pink in it disappeared on my tanned skin, looked more of a frosty white, but the texture was silky smooth
  4. A warm light baby pink shade – This was not as frosty as the others and would look lovely on fair skin. A great everyday shade for a light wash of colour over the entire lid.
  5. A medium mauve brown – not as silky when I swatched it, but I liked that the shimmer content in this was to a minimum!

Overall I feel this palette would be perfect for those who prefer their eye shadow sheer and not too pronounced. The intense shimmer content in some of the shades prevents the shadow from taking a true to pan colour on the lids, however for anyone below a NC 25, this should look ok for a fresh Spring makeup look. The quality was good, and I usually don’t experience much fall out with Dior shadows, most fall out only occur during application and nothing during the day.

I found the best combination for medium skin is the top right shadow combined with the two below.  However, I’d like to end on the note that this is a quint best suited for the lightest of the light skin tones, and personally I wouldn’t recommend it as there were too many light shades and they all looked pretty similar, not value for money in my book :-/

I purchased mine from Neiman Marcus

You could also purchase this online from Sephora

Thank you for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful weekend!

My picks for Dior Spring 2014, plus reviews and swatches.

My picks for Dior Spring 2014, plus reviews and swatches.

Hello!

As promised, much awaited swatches and a little eye candy to get you through this boooring post 😉

Starting off with a little overview of what Dior had on offer this Spring.

As you may have already seen (unless you were living under a rock the last month or so, or have been on a social media ban) Dior Spring 2014 was all about creating very fresh wide eyed girlie looks with soft pastels and a random burst of bright pinks.

Dior Trianon spring collection 2014

 

Although I know pastels for Spring isn’t really the most novel idea to come around, I just want to state that Dior did it oh so well! From the pretty pastel blues, to the lilacs to the baby pinks, I could truly find nothing to complain or whine about, except for the fact that almost all the eye quints and palettes were geared towards the fairest of the fair.

However here are my picks from this collection, ideal for medium skin tones AND you fair ladies out there!

* Lipstick in this pic appeared brighter and more deeper in hue than it truly is, the others are true to colour though 🙂

 

Dior Spring Trianon collection lipsticks palette lipgloss

My pick from the palettes was 002 Coquette.

Dior Coquette Trianon spring 2014 palette
Dior 002 Coquette palette

 

After swatching all the other  palettes that were released with this collection, I found that Favourite and Coquette to be the best pigmentation wise and could be built up to true to pan swatches.

As all Dior or other high end eye palettes, this too came in a velvet sleeve and the palette was pretty heavy and felt lovely to hold (unlike light plasticy packaging most drugstore makeup is housed in).

The palette also included a large mirror, two small eyeshadow applicators as well as a cute little bow handled brush that’s meant for applying the blush (although I highly doubt it would ever get used as it’s pretty scratchy). Bottom line, the packaging was exquisite… True Dior style!

Onto the important info 😉

002 Coquette- 10.8g Net.wt 0.38 oz

consisted of-

A soft buttery yellow – This had a high shimmer finish and almost ivory white once applied; a great highlighting shade. The texture was silky smooth and blends very easily.

An iridescent lilac – Had good colour pay off and is buildable to a true to pan shade.  I experienced zero fall out, and after hours n hours of wear, no creasing! Something I have consistently noticed with most Dior eyeshadows.

A light baby pink –  Another incredibly light shade with a satin finish. I used this as a transition colour to blend out the lilac and make it look more diffused by softening the edges. *Must note that this was of a slightly more powdery texture and a fair amount of powder got kicked up while I was applying it on the lid. Although when I smoothed it and blended it, the satin finish comes out further giving it a beautiful sheen.

 A sooty matte black – Perfect to use as a soft liner with this purple eye look.  Sadly the pigmentation was poor and applied patchy due to it’s dryer texture. The worst performer in this palette.

The Blush, a warm bright corally pink, perfectly compliments the eyeshadows, and although it looked intense in the pan, it blends out quite sheer without any powderyness. The final result was a very natural looking healthy, rosy flush.

*This was of a matte finish

 

Dior spring trianon coquette quad swatches

Blush swatches, heavy and sheered out.

Dior trianon blush swatches spring 2014

From the selection of Rouge Dior lipsticks on offer, I picked up 761 Courtisane ( 3.5g Net.wt 0.12 oz.)

courtisane rouge dior spring lipstick

Courtisane is a cool toned pink, and looks slightly coral in the tube. But once applied it looks pretty much pink.  You only need about two passes to achieve full opacity and the lipstick wears well and keeps lips moisturized. I tested out Courtisane topped with Minauderie and it wore around three hours and through a meal of Ramen after which it faded evenly and I was left with a pretty pink stain.

  P.S- If you haven’t tried the newly reformulated lipsticks, you don’t know what you are missing! GO.SWATCH.NOW!  😉

  Lastly the two glosses I picked up were #382 Minauderie a cool lilac shade and #442 Petillante, a warm light peachy pink, both sheer, but what stood out was the incredible multidimensional shimmer.. it was so fine, and sparkled like diamonds! These topped over cream lipsticks or satin lipsticks, instantly plump up the lips and give the illusion of a fuller luscious pout!

* as seen in swatches Minauderie contained lilac and pink shimmer and Petillante contained pink and soft gold shimmer

 

Dior addict gloss spring 2014 trianon

Left to right,  Rouge Dior 761 Courtisane, Dior Addict gloss 382 Minauderie, Dior addict gloss 442  Petillante

Dior Trianon Spring gloss lipstick swatch

 

P.S-  Dior lippies and glosses don’t have any detectable scent. The SA informed me that they are usually unscented, which is something I love! Personally I hate heavily scented lippies.. specially the YSL ones have an incredibly strong fragrance to them.

In conclusion I felt the collection was a winner, from the gorgeous polishes to the lipsticks, very well worth your hard earned money. And let’s hope to see another fab collection by Dior this Summer!

* for nail lacquer swatches and review, please refer my previous post!

Wishing you a great week ahead,

xx

Michelle.

Dior Spring 2014 – Nail polish swatches, Porcelaine and Bouquet

Dior Spring 2014 – Nail polish swatches, Porcelaine and Bouquet

Anyone else out there that thinks Spring collections hit the counters ridiculously early this year? Like seriously!??? I bet next year they’d try sneaking it up on us well before NYE, mark my words!

That being said, I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t excited to spot the Dior Spring collection out last morning.. had my fill of pastels for the day 😛

Dior Trianon spring beauty

 

Anyway, the purpose of this post was to get the swatches out for my picks from the Dior Spring 2014 polishes.  There were 4 released in Singapore. (Apparently the US carries two colours that didn’t arrive at our shores, Pampille 192 and Blossom 132)

 

The local (Singapore) releases were-

Bloom 777- A deep fuchsia pink

Bouquet 457- A corally peach sorbet shade

Porcelaine 204- Pastel powder blue

Perlé 187– A topcoat with lilac shimmers, or so it seemed. (testers weren’t out at the time)

 

Dior polish 2014 spring

I returned home with Porcelaine and Bouquet

 

Dior Spring nail polish vernis

 

Like all Dior’s regular polishes, this came with the signature wide applicator brush which is great for quick and easy application.

Consistency was not too runny or too thick, it was just right 🙂 ; and Porcelain applied smooth with a little streaking on the first coat (something I have come to expect with lighter cream finish colours as these) and by the second coat it looked opaque with all streaking corrected.

*Pics were taken with just two coats and a top coat

 

Dior Spring 2014 Nail lacquer porcelain

 

Bouquet applied pretty much the same as Porcelain, opaque in two coats with no streakiness,  and this one was a warmer shade, so I see myself using this during Summer as well!

Something worth noting is that this applied much more brighter on the nails than seen in the bottle.

 

Dior Nail lacquer Bouquet Spring 2014

 

My favourite was Porcelaine,  and like last years Nymphea 307 I expect this to sell out just as fast. Call your nearest Dior counter and reserve it now!

Product info-

Dior polishes contain 10ml – 0.33 fl.oz

I purchased mine for SGD 38 at the Tangs beauty boutique

The Glamour Muse eyeshadow palette by Charlotte Tilbury

I received my palette as a birthday gift from my friend Val a couple of months back, and of course she fished around to see what I had my eye on from the Tilbury collection, and I am happy to say I was ‘consulted’ before she purchased this for me and therefore it was exactly what I wanted! 😛

I like many, was so intrigued to try Tilbury products as I heard she was one of the core consultants who put together those fabulous quads by Tom Ford. Needless to say expectations were sky high when these hit the market and everyone wanted a piece of Tilbury to add to their makeup collections!

My review was based on it’s individual performance as well as a comparison to Tom Ford palettes.. hope you enjoy.

Charlotte Tilbury Glamour Muse eyeshashow palette
Charlotte Tilbury Glamour Muse

The packaging is a sleek mahogany, and has a strong retro look with it’s rose gold accents, I love how it doesn’t retain fingerprints and is pretty easy to keep clean. It’s not as weighty and large as the Tom Ford palettes, although I love this size as this is ‘just right’ and perfect for traveling with.

Glamour muse Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Glamour muse eyeshadow shades

The eyeshadow palette consists of four beautiful shades (no matte shades, just varying degrees of satin and shimmer),

a. A pale pearlescent warm pink which felt silky and very smooth to the touch, however it didn’t swatch as pigmented as I expected. And looks more ivory than pink on me as I am of a medium complexion. (In the swatches you can clearly see that it goes on sheerer compared to the other two shades)

b. A Rosy/taupey shade, which was the best performing from this palette, it had a significantly higher shimmer content and was buttery smooth. I LOVE this shade! (Though it looks pretty basic in the pan, it swatches very differently)

c. A warm grey satin shade, a little less buttery and creamy compared to the other two mentioned, and was just alright.

d. A glitter amethyst purply shade, which i’d like to call ‘the dud’ . This eyeshadow performed so poorly I was surprised and let down,  It actually sucked on a monumental level! And while trying this out, I had to pack on the shadow so much, my eyelid hurt from all the tapping! Ultimately I think the best way to apply this is with your fingers cos a brush does a lousy job.

The glitter somehow gets lost in application and looks nothing like the pan, and there was a notable amount of fallout which led to a slightly lower score as far as the overall palette went. Another thing to mention is that, this was the colour that took this palette from boring to fresh, so when that shade doesn’t perform I feel this palette looses it’s appeal.

Here are the swatches for your viewing pleasure! All taken outdoors in natural light.

Image

* Note that the purple had to be built up significantly to get it to look presentable in this pic

Overall I’d give this palette an 7/10 simply because the colours worked well together and blended easily as they were so silky smooth compared to the dryer texture of the Tom Ford satin shades (I swatched a few in comparison just for kicks n giggles).

What I disliked was as I mentioned before, the less than impressive glitter shade being SUCH a dud, and compared to the glitter shadows that Tom Ford makes, this was lacking pigmentation as well as glitter, the whole purpose of this shadow might I add.

But purple shade aside, it’s a great palette to own if you just want it for the neutrals and you can do a great day look with this quad. I see myself reaching for this just for the rosy/taupe shade.

The eyeshadows wore pretty well on me and didn’t crease (I used it over my By Terry Hyaluronic primer btw). And lasted well over 8 hours, which is great.

Other info-

Net wt. 5.2g

Available at Selfridges.

Hope you enjoyed this post and please suggest in the comments below what products or brands you’d like featured, i’d try my best to review them for you if I have them in my stash.

Wishing you a great day!

xx, Michelle.