If you can get your hands on this product, do it. You will NOT be disappointed. This formula is wonderful: extremely silky and highly pigmented, and each color barely needs to be patted on for maximum payoff. Chanel's palettes can be hit or miss, but Harmonie du Soir is wonderful. I'm currently debating whether or not I should get a backup because I've fallen for each shade individually, and of course they work beautifully together. If you're cool toned and love vampy, girly eye looks, go for it before there's no more left to find!
Talk about intriguing: Chanel Rouge Coco in 05 Mademoiselle has been one of the most buzzed about lipstick shades to be released in the past two years. Swatches online can't help but add to the allure and hype surrounding it; this same shade pulls red on one blogger, peach on another, and every shade of pink, nude, beige, and brown in between. This is a seemingly magical lipstick to read about and look at. Some reviewers have even claimed that this color has plum, mauve, honey, or coral, depending on their natural lip pigmentation and skin tone. Given all of the raves and comparisons, it's no wonder that I myself became curious to see what shade Mademoiselle would pull on me. I have NW15 skin and my natural lip color is a neutral-cool soft pink. My favorite Chanel SA generously gave me a mini tube of this lipstick the last time I swung by the counter, and I was very eager to find out if I too would fall in love with what's been deemed a universally flattering shade. Mademoiselle pulls a warm brown-red on my skin, but more brown than red. In certain lights, I can see hints of peach, but not enough to save this color from going the wrong type of dark for my coloring. I feel like this shade ages me; it's a little too 90s for my taste. If Mademoiselle was a little lighter and peachier or plummier, I'd probably love it to bits. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be reaching for this color again. However, I can appreciate the quality of the formula (this particular formula is highly pigmented and almost semi-matte, but not really) and the concept behind this shade. There really is something Parisian-esque about it. On the right coloring, it could look fantastic with bronzer, rose-peach blush, and smudgy kohl liner, and the look would be quintessential French chic. As for me, I'm still searching for the perfect shade for me to pull that idea off!
Stolen from my own Illusoire review, because it's the same information for all of the Illusion D'Ombres I posess: "This is one of the best Chanel products I've ever purchased. Truly, I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. My one qualm is that this is supposed to be a setting cream that doesn't budge, but I absolutely need a primer underneath this if I want it to last more than 4 hours. (My lids are normal, not oily.) However, I use a primer under all my eyeshadows anyway, so it's not a huge deal, just one little issue." Emereville has become the true workhorse of my eyeshadow collection! On my NW15 skin, it's become that perfect, essential, "everyday makeup" color that is versatile, neutral, yet sophisticated and a little special. This is a champagne-peach shade with hints of gold and taupe. Some of the Illusion D'Ombres are quite glittery, such as Epatant or Fantasme. Emereville is more shimmery, which makes it ideal for an extremely easy to apply one-and-done color that is appropriate for work/professional looks. When I'm in a rush, I slap on tinted moisturizer, lid primer, Emereville, mascara, a little blush and a peachy-pink lipstick, and I'm out the door looking polished and fresh. Emereville is also the kind of color that looks fantastic with a brown smoky eye. I love to put a heavy swipe of this on the lid, accent it with a cool-toned brown in the crease, black gel liner, and tons of mascara over well-curled lashes, and the effect is extremely sultry and sexy. Emereville also works beautifully as a base beneath other powder eyeshadows. It's truly versatile, and well-worth the admittedly hefty pricetag. As always, I recommend storing these colors upside down in a drawer, making sure the lid is very tightly screwed on. I've used Emereville at least one to two times per week since I purchased it in October, and it's as creamy and hydrated as the day I purchased it.
Stolen from my own Illusoire review, because it's the same information for all of the Illusion D'Ombres I posess: "This is one of the best Chanel products I've ever purchased. Truly, I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. My one qualm is that this is supposed to be a setting cream that doesn't budge, but I absolutely need a primer underneath this if I want it to last more than 4 hours. (My lids are normal, not oily.) However, I use a primer under all my eyeshadows anyway, so it's not a huge deal, just one little issue." Longevity aside, Epatant is a stunning color, and strange as it may seem, a must-have for green-eyed girls. I know it can be hard to wear anything with a green tone around the eyes when your eyes are already green (or sometimes even hazel) but this will make your natural eye color look amazing. Every time I wear Epatant, I am complimented on how beautiful my eye makeup look, how green my eyes are, and how lovely the overall effect is. Epatant is classic Chanel: A very complex, unique shade that has an interesting depth but enough sparkle to keep it feeling fun and special. There are so many nuances of colors here: Silvery gray, smoky taupe, pearl white, soft gold, and pale green. I have a light swatch of this on the back of my hand, and I keep looking at it as I type, mesmerized by its beauty. What I love about Epatant is that a very soft sweep of this over the lid with a fluttery, lash-separating mascara can make for a sophisticated yet eye-catching look that looks complicated but is effortless to apply. You can also use this color heavily on the lid, blended into the crease, and accented with a shimmery gold or silver powder e/s into the crease and outer V, and the effect is gorgeous. When I wear Epatant, I feel inspired to experiment with new eyeshadow looks. I think that feeling alone is a testament to how lovely and unique this color is, and how highly I recommend it. As for the formula, this particular shade of the Illusion D'Ombre range is the softest of three that I own (the other two being Illusoire and Emereville). It's extremely buttery and just as easy to apply with fingers as it is with a flat, stiff brush. I know this is a very expensive product, as far as single-shade eyeshadows go, but it will last a very long time if you store it well: Lay the glass pot upside down, with the lid sealed on very tightly, and leave it inside a drawer. I've owned this particular color for about 6 months now, and it's still as creamy and pigmented as it was the day I purchased it.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in R.S.V.P.
diamondtiara 12/3/2012 1:39:00 AM
What kept me from giving this a 2 rather than a 3 is the fact that there's generally really good reviews for this product, and I think I got unlucky twice! Like most people, I wanted a very easy to apply cream shadow in a neutral but pretty color for quick looks. It's difficult for me to find a gold/champagne shade that doesn't look orange on my NW15 skin. I was thrilled when I swatched R.S.V.P. at Sephora on the back of my hand; the color was very pretty and soft and not at all harsh! I bought a little pot immediately. When I pulled it out of the box at home, the lid was completely unscrewed (but still on top of the pot, if that makes sense) and the shadow felt bone dry. It was pulling away from the edges of the glass, and I was very disappointed. I tried to make it work, as I hate returning products, but the shadow was unworkable. I exchanged this pot for a second pot from Sephora. Took it home, and the lid was screwed on this one! However, the product still wasn't very creamy. I was confused because I felt like the tester pot I had used was at least a little more workable, but I thought maybe I'd try to work with it anyway. I attempted to warm up the shadow by holding the pot in my hand, I swirled in a few spritzes of Fix+, and I even tried mixing some on the back of my hand with my eye primer. No matter what I tried, R.S.V.P. was stubborn to apply. It took a lot of blending to smooth out the patchiness, and that was even after adding Fix+. Finally, I realized I was spending too much time trying to work around a product meant for speedy makeup applications! I don't know if I simply repurchased from a bad batch of product or maybe my lids aren't compatible with the formula, but I just gave up on the idea of it. I returned this pot and bought Chanel Emereville instead. The Chanel version of this product is a near dupe (look at Temptalia's swatches for reference) but the consistency is much creamier. I hated spending nearly $10 more, but have used Emereville weekly since then and could not be happier. Ultimately, I won't buy R.S.V.P. again, but I still want to try other shades in the Creaseless Cream line, because the pigmentation looks so good and the colors are beautiful.
I am a huge eyeshadow junkie. I've grown disenchanted with MAC and Urban Decay and Bare Escentuals and hate NARS. (HATE.) My collection of powder eyeshadows consists of carefully chosen, overly scrutinized purchases from Hourglass, Dior, and Chanel. (And even then, sometimes I am not 100% happy with those three formulas, but those are different reviews entirely.) Everything else has been tossed out or swapped. Once I decide I don't like a formula anymore, I get rid of it without question! As you can tell, I take my eyeshadow way too seriously, lol, but I'm hoping that by confessing to my snobbery, you will appreciate my recommendation that much more! I. Love. This. Quint. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. Let me put it to you this way: My mom bought this for me on a whim the same day I bought myself Chanel Harmonie du Soir. (Which I am not knocking at ALL - it's gorgeous and high quality!) I wore the Chanel the first day around the house. And then every day for the next three days, I wore Caffeine Rush out. And then the following week I wore it three more times. And I've worn it at least once a week since then, whereas the Chanel has been worn one additional time only in the month I've had it. That's how much I love Caffeine Rush, and how many compliments I get on it. I would pay Dior prices for this quint. It's not a dupe for Dior's holiday quints (Fairy Golds and Night Golds) but it's got a similar feel: Shimmery golds and charcoal browns and sparkling whites and peaches. I was considering buying Fairy Golds until I got this, and now I feel there's no need. The texture is silky, buttery goodness and the pigmentation is stunning. I can do a super dramatic, smoky eye with this, a bombshell look laced with delicate gold glitter, or something simple, with just one color swiped across the lid and lots of black mascara. The shadows stay all day with a primer and blend perfectly together. On my NW15 skin, the look is really striking, which I love! Buy this. It's super cheap and you will not regret it!
Concealers -Christian Dior - Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer
diamondtiara 11/26/2012 8:10:00 PM
This is a very high quality product, but I will not be purchasing it again. I love most things Dior, and I really do like a lot of things about their Nude concealer, such as: 1. The color 001 is a perfect match for my NW15 skin 2. This product never broke me out or irritated my dry, sensitive rosacea skin 3. It blends perfectly on my face 4. A little bit goes a long way! I've had the same tube since May or June or this year and I'm not even halfway through. I wear concealer anywhere from 1 - 4 times a week, if that helps. 5. In a pinch, I have actually blended this with a bunch of moisturizer and worn it as a TM, and it looked pretty darn good. However, this concealer settles in the fine lines beneath my eyes. At first, I didn't really notice, but over the past month (maybe as the weather has changed and my skin has become more dry?) I began to see that the Nude emphasizes what I'm trying to hide! I look younger than I am usually, but when I wear this product, I feel like it shows my fine lines off, so to speak, and for $30 a tube that's just not okay! Again, I like a lot of things about this concealer and I will likely finish the tube up when I cover blemishes and redness. But I just purchased Hourglass's Hidden concealer, which has a much creamier, more substantial texture than Dior's slightly more liquid one. It covers up my fine lines and brightens the undereye area in a way Dior's product does not. So for now, I'm not likely to repurchase this concealer, but I do recommend that others test it out for themselves first.
Primer/ Corrector -Korres - Silicone-Free Face Primer
diamondtiara 11/26/2012 7:55:00 PM
I've gone through about 80% of a tube of this and I know I won't spend $30 on it again. I love Korres products; their Mango Butter lipsticks are wonderful, and their Wild Rose Moisturizer is my HG. I think this brand is wonderful, but the face primer falls flat. Pros: - Never once did this break me out or irritate my rosacea skin - My makeup looked no worse with this on underneath it - The scent is lovely - The ingredients are natural Cons: - My makeup looked no better with this on underneath, and furthermore, I feel that it did nothing to make my foundation glide on any easier. I have small pores except for on the sides of my nose, and this did nothing for them either. - I saw no improvements in my skin after using this primer for over three months. This particular product is supposed to improve your skin's texture and tone, but it did absolutely nothing for me. I believe a product should do what it says it should do, particularly if you're paying a little extra for it. - Sometimes this made my face feel a tiny bit tight when I put it on. Again, I have dry skin, so I really don't need my face to feel any tighter than it already is! - For $30, you sure don't get very much. Overall, Korres is a great line, but this particular primer really isn't on par with many of their other skincare products. For those with dry skin, I highly recommend trying Hourglass's No. 28 Primer Serum. It does exactly what I had hoped the Korres primer would do and then some! It's more expensive, but the results are fantastic, and worth the cost.
The Addict Extreme line is hands down the best lipstick formula that Dior offers. I love the original Addict lipsticks and find several of the Dior Rouge lipsticks to be great. However, I think the AEs are truly the most silky, smooth, and hydrating. I own Plaza (a cool, bright pink) and Cherie Bow (a neutral, peachy-nude pink) and they have become instant staples! Both colors have great pigmentation that's buildable. The Dior Rouge lippies are more opaque in one swipe; the AEs are more than just sheer, but a bit less than fully pigmented. These colors last an average of three hours on me and fade evenly. I don't detect any real scent or flavor on these, which is nice. The packaging is really nice; the square tube is very cool and I like the overall design a lot. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this range and I'm eagerly anticipating the release of more colors!
Liquid -Yves Saint Laurent - Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
diamondtiara 9/19/2012 10:27:00 AM
UPDATE 12/2/2012: My favorite Sephora SA gave me BR20 to try when I took the bottle of B10 back. I finally got around to testing it last week, and the color match was better for my NW15 skin. However, I still had the same problems with the finish that I mentioned below. I wanted to update on the improved color match though, because I know this is a highly popular foundation and it's bound to work for many people - just not for me! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I've spent three weeks trying to make this foundation work for me; I hate having to write a negative review, because I genuinely wanted to love this. If you'd rather, skip down to "THE REVIEW" but so far I have provided ample background about my skin type, in hopes of helping others similar to me who are curious about YSL's new formula. MY SKIN: Dry to very dry, and highly sensitive. I have mild rosacea with red cheeks. I can't exfoliate, so once in a while my skin on my cheeks gets a tad bit bumpy. Otherwise, my skin is very fair (NW15) and relatively smooth and youthful looking. MY FOUNDATION WANTS & NEEDS - A gentle formula. - A perfect color match. - Something that will conceal my rosacea flare-ups, i.e. when my cheeks get red from stress, spicy food, extreme weather, etc. - Longevity. I'm a graduate student and practicum trainee who's always on the go, so I need something that will last at least 6 - 8 hours without touch-ups. I already have an HG foundation in Diorskin Forever (shade: Ivory 010). It's a gorgeous satin finish and it lasts ALL day long! I have no complaints about Diorskin Forever; it always looks polished and chic. However, I've been wanting a second liquid foundation that offers a more luminous, glowy finish. I wanted something a step above a tinted moisturizer - medium coverage but a super fresh look. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ THE REVIEW: I was thrilled when YSL announced 22 shades in a new, moisturizing formula! Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that U.S. consumers would only receive 16 of them. I had wanted to try BR10, but alas, that shade is unavailable in my country. The shade B10 was more or less the right shade; once in a while I felt it looked a tad bit yellow on dry patches, but no one agreed with me. So if you are NW15, the B10 shade could be a good starting point for you. The bottle on Le Teint Touche Eclat is beautiful! I love the heavy glass bottle and slim, cylindrical shape. I usually store all of my makeup in drawers, but this bottle has been proudly residing among my perfume bottles on top of my vanity. I appreciate how sleekly modern the look is; it definitely reflects the finish of the product within. This foundation is a mixture of oil, gel, and water - all of these properties scream "moisture!" so girls with oily skin should stay far away. I made the epic mistake of applying this over Hourglass's No. 28 Primer Serum (which is full of lovely essential oils) the first time I wore it, and OMG - it was TOO moisturizing! If you knew how dry my skin was, you'd realize how dramatic a statement that is to make! So be careful with what primer you put beneath. Touche Eclat is definitely hydrating when you first apply it. However, as the day wears on, this foundation shifts. It has a BEAUTIFUL finish - it makes you look photoshopped, with dewy young skin that radiates health. After about 4 hours, all the moisturizing benefits start to fade, and all of a sudden, my dry patches start to appear. No matter what primer I put beneath (Hourglass, MUFE, Korres) or what powder I set with (several Dior options, Chanel Libre Universelle), the foundation starts to fade and my redness/dryness starts to reappear. Even if I try to build the layers, the formula stays fairly sheer. In an attempt to compensate, I apply more concealer and setting spray with this formula than I do with any other. At $55 a bottle, this feels pretty ridiculous. The foundation itself should be rated a 4 for most people, but for me, I give it a 3. The issue with the color match was minor, but it has bugged me. (I still don't understand why YSL wouldn't offer every shade in the U.S., particularly such a light color.) The bottom line is that Touche Eclat doesn't last beyond a few hours, nor does it effectively cover redness. If you have really good skin, with a normal to mildly dry texture, and want sheer coverage, and don't mind making lots of touch-ups, give this foundation a try. For me, I feel that the price of this formula is too much to simply keep it around. I will regrettably be returning this to try something else.
I have been on the hunt for a gentle yet powerful eyelid primer since January of this year. Name a primer, I've tried it - NARS Smudge Proof (great formula but caused extreme milia), Too Faced Shadow Insurance (weak AND caused mild milia), Bare Escentuals Prime Time (overpriced and underwhelming), Urban Decay Primer Potion (nice but not quite powerful enough), MAC Paint Pots (decent but the colors wouldn't always play well with some of my eyeshadow shades and brands), etc etc etc. After 8 months of experimenting, nothing impressed me, until I tried Lorac Behind the Scenes. About my eyelids: While the skin on the rest of my face is quite dry, my eyelids range from normal to occasionally oily; perhaps combination might be the best way to describe them. This strange phenomenon meant that I had to approach searching for an eyelid primer slightly differently than I approach looking for face primers, skincare, and foundations. It took me a while but I realized that by the end of the day, my lids will create small amounts of oil and cause creasing to even my most pigmented and long-lasting eyeshadows (even Chanel's Illusion D'Ombres, which contain a setting cream). However, my skin is INCREDIBLY sensitive, so I've needed a primer that is a one-two punch of delicate yet effective. After three weeks of wearing Lorac's primer, I can safely say that Behind the Scenes fits the bill. The consistency of the product is creamy, almost a bit moisturizing, and I think it evens out the texture of my lids. It just feels plain good to gently work a little of it into my eyelid area and let it sit for a good 10 - 15 seconds. The color of BtS goes on almost clear, but it adds just a tiny hint of opacity; it evens out the color of my lids, in addition to the texture. I think on "no makeup" makeup days, I could add a little bit of this product to my lids for a subtle bit of emphasis without eyeshadow, and it would look fantastic! I have never found a primer that's this easy to work with. My eyeshadows glide on top; I have no problem whatsoever with blending, and the colors stay true to pan shade. I am a graduate student and counseling intern, so I need my makeup to last a good 8 - 12 hours some days. At the end of a hectic day, my eyeshadow still looks as good as it did in the morning; pigmented, creaseless, and pretty. I highly recommend purchasing this product, particularly if you have sensitive skin.
This is one of the best Chanel products I've ever purchased. Truly, I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. My one qualm is that this is supposed to be a setting cream that doesn't budge, but I absolutely need a primer underneath this if I want it to last more than 4 hours. (My lids are normal, not oily.) However, I use a primer under all my eyeshadows anyway, so it's not a huge deal, just one little issue. Other than the longevity, I am thrilled with Illusoire! The color is really something special. No one does sparkle, shimmer, and shine quite like Chanel. Illusoire is a perfect shade that really emulates the Chanel look: sophisticated, elegant, but modern and a little sexy. I especially think green eyes NEED this shade, price tag be damned! Other colors that come close in other brands just can't match the mousse-y, spongy texture. I love to wear use a light layer of Illusoire all over the lid and then smudged into the crease. Then I add a second, slightly heavier layer just to the lid. Sometimes I add a touch - and I do mean just a touch - to a small brush and line my lower lashline. I tightline with black pencil and add several coats of mascara, and voila - gorgeousness in about two minutes flat! My other favorite way to use Illusoire is as an eyeliner. Lately, I've been wearing a matte lavender all over the eye, with a purple-taupe in the outer V. (Recommendation: Chanel Fauve!) Using a super thin eyeliner brush, I line my eyes with Illusoire, and add a little flick. The effect is STUNNING, and I get showered with compliments! Yes, the price is kind of insane. But one pot of this, when well-stored (keep the lid super tight and keep the entire jar tucked away in a drawer in a cool room), could easily last for ages. I think this color is so unusual, yet so readily wearable, that girls with all eye and skin tones should have it in their arsenal!
Eye Primer -NARS - Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
diamondtiara 8/23/2012 1:14:00 AM
I really liked this primer at first. It was about a 3.5 to 4 star product. I still had some issues with creasing, but colors amplified well, and in general, Smudge Proof kept most of my stubborn eyeshadows in place. I was pretty happy to have finally found a decent primer. And then the milia struck! My lids are now covered in teeny tiny bumps that are a bear to remove; I'm currently doing everything I can to get rid of the milia naturally. The only way other way to get rid of them is having a dermatologist pop them with a needle, and I sure as hell don't want a NEEDLE near my EYELID, or eyes for that matter. I know for a fact that Smudge Proof is to blame; I had a similar reaction to another primer in January, and it took me 3 months to return my lids to normal. I'm just allergic to the more powerful primers, I guess. This made me angry and sad, because I'm having a hard time wearing creamy textures on my lids right now. Other reviewers on MUA and other sites have mentioned this milia issue, so I'm afraid that NARS isn't the best for people with skin that tends to break out. Here's hoping they come out with a sensitive skin version!
I am not-so enamored with this; I'm considering taking it back, even though it's pretty cheap. ("That's $8 toward cocktails," says my inner lush.) I resisted lip butters for a while; I never understood the appeal. Then I saw Temptalia's swatches of Lollipop and fell in love with how shiny, balmy, shimmery, and pretty it looked on her. Unfortunately, I'm paler than she is, so Lollipop looks darker on me, and the shimmer is gone. That was super disappointing, but it happens. However, the packaging is pretty cheap looking (big dislike there), and I also don't like the texture. It's actually not at all slippy, or balm-like. It isn't drying, but it definitely isn't anything that you would associate with the word "butter," that's for sure! I think I'll wear it one more time, but I'm probably going to take it back. Obviously, I will never buy this product again. Just FYI, people compare this to MAC Girl About Town and MAC Show Orchid. I've owned both and I feel like Lollipop is a mixture of the two, at least on me. Both of those lipsticks are similar anyway, but I think Lollipop sits in between the purple tones of Show Orchid and the magenta tones of GAT.
I'm shocked at the poor reviews! Please read mine and reconsider Rose Deshabille before writing it off completely! This is a brilliant "My Lips But Better" lipstick for my NW15 skin and naturally soft-pink lip shade. The formula is excellent; it's jelly-like and balmy, but substantial. There's slip, but it's not overly done. Basically, Dior Addict is a wonderful fusion of lipstick and gloss. It hydrates and moisturizes my chronically dry lips while adding a touch of beautiful shine and cool-toned pinkiness that makes my pout look plumper. It's a very hard color to over-do; the texture is sheer, but you can absolutely layer it on and build up the color to a gorgeous shimmering gloss of ballet slipper pink. This color is deceptive; it seems quite simple in the tube and even in swatches, but on the skin, it's much more complex. Lovely is the perfect word. What I love about the Dior Addict lipsticks is that on top of a wonderful formula and a wide range of colors, the packaging is beautifully done. The iridescent, geometric tube with sleek silver bullet complete with a "CD" engraved bell is utterly feminine, modern, and sophisticated. I bought this at the beginning of 2012 and I'm already more than halfway done with the tube - I've NEVER gone through a lipstick quite this fast! Rose Deshabille has become one of my signature lip shades, which is saying a lot for a girl that loves fuchsia and lilac lipsticks that catch the eye! I feel so comfortable wearing this shade everywhere and anywhere: school, job interviews, coffee with friends, dinner dates, etc. It looks beautiful with everything from "no-makeup makeup" looks to smoky eyes and catliner. I will 100%, without a doubt, be purchasing a second shade soon. After a year of searching for the best MLBB shade for me, I've found it thanks to Dior.