After using Teint Innocence and loving the finish, coverage and luminosity, my skin changed and became more oily. I went to check out Mat Lumiere, but the SA suggested Lift Lumiere. After tolerating one of the worst Chanel makeovers ever, I went home, washed my face and reapplied Lift Lumiere. I used my LM primer then dotted a pump of foundation all over, then blended w/ my dampened w/ Fix+ MAC 187. It has medium coverage and covers my redness nicely. Faience 0.5 is a nice match for my NC15 skin. I really like the feel, it wears well and is oil free. A bit steep at $65, but well worth it. EDIT 3/23/09 I wore this for about a month and decided it was making me oily. I had to blot way too often. It would be great for dry skin types, but my oily/combo skin couldn't take it. I returned it.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
jillyjill 7/3/2008 3:20:00 PM
In short I hated this. I have a tendency to get eczema on my eye lids and brow bones (weird, I know). Primer Potion flared it up faster that I could say, "Where's my steroid cream?" Out of Lumene, UD, MAC and LM, I have found ArtDeco's to be the best. If UD makes your eyelids itch and be dry and crepey, try the ArtDeco.
Seems like this lipstick shows differently on everyone depending on the pigmentation of your lips. On my barely pigmented lips, this shows a a really nice medium tone rose w/ a slight hint of peach. I have this in the sample size and I don't know why but it seems to wear longer than my other rouge allures that are ful size. I wear it with Narcisse, Rose Bronze and Rose Petale. This can be a daily lip, but I tend to use Flirt daily and use Emotion when I wan to pump it up a bit. NC20, blonde hair, blue eyes.
NC15, dark blonde, lightly pigmented lips. Chanel Flirt Rouge Allure is a slightly more than MLBB peachy rose. Pairs perfectly w/ tawny blushes like Nude and Orchid Rose, but also w/ a rosey blush like Rose Bronze. Standard Rouge Allure feel, little bit of a slip to it, average staying power. Beautiful on its own, stunning w/ a glossimer like Iris, Paillettes or Glow on top. I will reach for this often b/c of it's beautiful color and flexibility. Probably my favorite Rouge Allure.
So, after lemming this for months since it first came out I finally got it and it was all it had been hyped up to be. I had put this off because I have and quite liked Benefit Dandelion and actually have pan showing in that blush. But I was finally able to swap for it and it makes Dandelion look bad. It's a perfect baby pink flush on my currently NC15 skin. There is something undetectable too that gives a very glowy finish. Standard Chanel lasting power and scent. I don't wear a lot of pink blush, but I may have just found a go to everyday pink.
Yes! Finally a HG brow product. I have dark blonde hair, and it's really tough to find a good match for my brows.. Seal Brown is perfect, no red tones at all. This is a revolutionary product to me, as I can't quite figure out how it works. If I rub the pencil on my hand, I get nothing. But on my brows it fills in some sparse spots very naturally without making my face look over done or sculpted. You must sharpen this when you get it. Using a knife made me nervous, but someone mentioned using a potato peeler on one side, then on the opposite to create a sword shape. Shaped and sharpens it perfectly.
I had hoped this would be a bit more beige on me, but it's not. I'm still searching for a ls version of BB Pink Beige gloss. Anyway, Naive is lovely, a nice nude mauvey pink that definitely leans on the cool side on my yellow undertoned skin. Standard luxurious Rouge Allure formula and scent. I top Naive w/ Bel Air and Pink Oyster glossimer. Pairs perfectly w/ Narcisse blush.
NC15ish right now since it's winter. This was my first glossimer ever. It is very thick, pigmented, not sticky and long lasting. Pretty much the perfect storm. Usually gold frost=deathly washout on my face, but Ginger is different. Nice medium tones peach w. the gold shimmer. It's not gritty at all like some other glossimers (Imaginaire, Summer Plum). DH always compliments me when I wear this which figures bc as already mentioned, this isn't available in the US. I think it's dc now as well. It's actually a miracle I was able to get my hands on it at all, so I am thankful for that. Pairs perfectly w/ Orchid Rose blush.
Cleansers -Shu Uemura - Cleansing Beauty Oil Balancer
jillyjill 3/24/2008 11:02:00 AM
My skin has changed in the last few years. I used to be classic t zone oily/combo. But now I have more dry spots and occasional hormonal acne. I tried Shu's high performance balancing cleansing oil (the yellow) about a year and a half ago and I have never gone back. I use it one time a day at the end of the day to remove makeup and clean my skin. It removes all my mu (my mascara is not wp) no problem and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean. I never use a cleanser after. In the summer I occasionally skip moisturizer after cleansing. There is a light pleasant scent to this oil. I use 2 pumps w/ dry hands on a dry face, then I add a little warm water to my hands and emulsify the oil and rinse. I purchased the 450ml bottle in May 07 and judging by what's left, I will easily get to May 08 with it. I think $62 for cleanser for one year is a bargain, especially when it's so nice.
Blush -Chanel - Joues Contraste - Mirage (Rose Bronze)
jillyjill 3/12/2008 5:52:00 PM
I'm about an NC15-20 right now and recently acquired Rose Bronze in a swap. I am so pleased that I did. This gorgeous blush looks like a bronze base that pulls rosey on my cheeks. Just like I spend a day at the beach and my cheeks got a little pink from too much sun. It's what I wanted GA #10 powder blush to be...but that blush couldn't decide what color it wanted to be on me. Rose Bronze has the fabulous texture and staying power we have come to expect from Chanel's Jouer Contraste line. I have been wearing it daily since I got it, and that's saying a lot bc I am quite fickle when it comes to my blushes :) I pair it w/ a pink lip, like Chanel Darling, or w/ a berry lip like BB Aubergine gloss.
Shale was one of my first MAC es's years ago and I could never quite get into it. It's a dusty, smokey plum color w/ shimmer. The color payoff and lasting capability were ok, but not earth shattering. I think it was just too cool for my liking on my warm fair skin. NC20/blue/blonde/combo.
For years I used Vapor as a highlight color on my brow bone. It's a slightly pink tinged white w/ a speck of shimmer. I know now it's not terribly unique or of great quality, but it's a fine hl color nonetheless. I just know there's better out there now. NC20, blue/blonde/combo.
Mascara -Chanel - Inimitable Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel
jillyjill 2/24/2008 8:35:00 AM
I have only ever used sample tubes of this...and I keep coming back to it. I am almost finished my last one, and I am starting to panic at the thought of shelling out $28 for mascara, bc every other HE mascara I have tried wasn't worth it. I didn't like DiorShow (note to self to write heinous review later) or Lancome Hypnose. My lashes are very average and I have very little natural bend to them. I also have blonde hair, so they aren't particularly dark. For years I curled my lashes and searched for a mascara that didn't "uncurl" my lashes. Inimitable held the curl well, and I am glad to report that I have weaned myself from the curler when I realized that Inimitable would curl my lashes a bit on it's own. The brush is flexible, but not floppy, so I have good control. Doesn't flake or smear. I think I will suck it up and buy the full size soon. Will report back.
There's lots of things I love about this blush. I love the pinky nude color, slightly shimmery finish and that fact that it's long lasting. My problem is that I hate the smell, and it doesn't wear off during the day. That's a deal breaker for me. It's a shame bc the color is a perfect pinked nude everyday blush. Neutral/warm tendencies - about an NC20. Won't repurchase :(
If you were to look in my vanity, you wold see a metric ton of 2 types of eyeshadows...taupes and nudey champagnes. So, when it comes to these color ranges, I have tried and loved a lot from many brands. Rarely does one come along that I fall deeply in love with, but Chanel Island did just that. Island falls into the champagne category. It is special because of the slight pinky cream undertone, divine texture and marathon lasting capability w/ no creasing and minimal fading...even without a base. I reach for Island a lot because it is super easy to use a a wash, or as a blending color or highlighter. It makes my blue grey eyes more blue and instantly makes me awake. The shimmer is heavenly. Just the perfect amount to give definition, but not frosty at all. If and when I ever use this baby up you'll see me begging on the board for dupes b/c this number was a LE item. *sigh*