Product Reviews by Mac789

Moisturizers - By Terry - Creme de Rose

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Oct/07/2010

I am a La Mer user and Creme de Rose seemed as if it might be too light for my dry skin. I was very surprised to feel an almost immediate difference in my skin's texture.

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Creme de Rose is a pink-tinged, lightweight cream with the texture of yogurt. It comes in a pricey little jar--30 ml for $90.00--with a little faux-silver spatula. I noticed that it sank …
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Fragrances - Yves Saint Laurent - In Love Again

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Jun/17/2010

In Love Again is that rare fragrance that was released twice, both times in limited editions. It is once again out of production and it is commanding high prices when it can be found.

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I've always seen In Love Again as the last "great" classic of the YSL catalogue and as a bridge between the iconics and things like Cinema, Elle, and Parisienne. …
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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Iris Ganache [DISCONTINUED]

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Jun/14/2010

Iris Ganache is a fragrance of chalky iris dust and violets scattered over something that reminds me--at a distance--of those marbled Guylian coquille chocolates. The correct way to enjoy these treats is to take them alongside a cinnamon-patchouli liqueur that I wish someone would invent.

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The first impression is lipstick-cosmetic, but this quickly segues into a …
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Blush - By Terry - Rose de Rose Sheer Liquid Blush

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Jun/12/2010

Rose de Rose is described as an "all-over blush that energizes the complexion." I have the Coral Rose color and on me it is like a complexion enhancer more than it is a true blush. It seems that the product is designed to straddle both functions, more so when you take into account the product description, where the word "blush" can be taken as a verb rather than as a noun …Read more

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Fragrances - CHANEL - Gardenia

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Jun/04/2010

Chanel Gardenia is a slight and sweet white floral composed of jasmine, tuberose, muguet, and orange blossom with tentative base accents of musk and vetiver. It's as fragile as spun sugar and it seems almost a parody of a gardenia rather than a recreation of that impossible note.

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So wispy is Gardenia that it might be called dream-like, and like a dream, it is …
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Lipstick - CHANEL - Rouge Coco in Lune Rousse #36

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Jun/03/2010

I eagerly anticipated the launch of Rouge Coco and then I found myself in front of a Chanel counter purchasing nothing. The array of colors was stunning, but nothing from the line jumped out at me when I saw it in person.

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Strongly centered around variations of red, pink, and coral, the line lacked the deep brownish pinks and plums I normally wear. I'd also …
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Fragrances - Child Perfume - Child

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May/15/2010

Child is a clean, soapy white-floral perfume oil that smells of orange blossom, pikake, jasmine and tuberose. It's best at the top, before the soapy qualities of the orange blossom are joined by the soapy qualities of a "clean" white musk.

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Much has been made of Child's seeming to be nothing more than pure pikake, but I sense the sweetness of …
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Primer/ Corrector - CHANEL - Le Blanc de Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base

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Apr/24/2010

I'm surprised I dislike this so much, given the excellent reviews here. An earlier review sums up my experience, but I will add my own thoughts:

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On primer in general:

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I used Face Time Velvet Veil through many bottles before it disappeared from the market. I then returned to Smashbox, which is an excellent product that lagged …
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Fragrances - Annick Goutal - Rose Absolue

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Apr/23/2010

It is a rose, or, more precisely, six types of rose (Egyptian, Bulgarian, Damask, Turkish, May, Moroccan). The six combine into one, with no flickering or staining of other notes (and what can be done to rose is legion). Goutal's version is that day when a rose comes perfectly to bloom, almost.

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Rose Absolute is a soliflore that seems embellished only by some …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Nez a Nez - Bouche Baie

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Apr/20/2010

The reviewer who likened Bouche Baie to Poison is spot on. The two share the same grape-pop opening before Bouche Baie becomes a honeyed orange blossom fragrance with a non-existent baseline.

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Similarity also exists to By Kilian Love, but Love has the intrigue of a woody/incense base and Bouche Baie has...?

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Perfumer Karine Chevallier …
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