Friday, December 31, 2010

Chanel Spring 2011- part deux

Before the year ends (over in New York).....Here are swatches for the eyeshadow palettes along with pics for the nail polishes and a few lip products.

The Ombres Perlees de Chanel eyeshadow palette is so pretty, I almost didn't want to take the swatches off my hand. Each color has a gorgeous shimmer to them.

The colors are light white gold, warm pink, dark plum with pink shimmer, mossy green with multi colored shimmer and dark grey with multi colored shimmer. Pigmentation start off sheer but can be built up nicely.

(Without flash)

The Regards Pearle quad is not the most exciting quad and I almost passed on it; but it is a nice neutral set for spring. The colors are a shimmery black green, a golden peach, a rosy pink and a golden white.

(Without flash)

For lips, I decided to go with the Rouge Coco in Peregrina (light pink coral), the Rouge Allure in Coquette (red coral (a bit like Mac Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick)), lip gloss in Nakkar (golden red) and the Rouge Double Intensite in Cristal Rose (shimmery beige).

Top: Peregina; Bottom: Coquette

Top: Cristal Rose; Bottom: Nakkar

L->R: Peregrina, Coquette, Nakkar, Cristal Rose

Last but not least, here are the polishes from this collection. I thought I would be more in love with Black Pearl, but it really didn't wow me for some reason. I realized I didn't have a lot of white polishes/lighter colors so I decided Pearl Drop and Peche Nacree would be nice additions.

Hope everyone has/had a great new year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sephora x Hello Kitty Product pics

Sorry to interrupt the Chanel postings, but I need to re-do the swatches for the Regard Pearle quad anyway so I thought I would share some pics of things from the Sephora x Hello Kitty collection. I had taken advantage of the preview sale over the weekend on for the Hello Kitty collection and to my surprise, an order arrived today! I have another order on it's way, since a few items got re-stocked on Sunday; but for now, please see below for pics of the brush set, eye/lip palette in Super Fun, the Charmmy Kohl Eyeliner kit, some shadow sticks, Pen Pal eyeliner and BigSmile Gloss in Cheery. I haven't tested any products out yet but so far the packaging is really nice ^^

Super fun palette-eye shadows (top tier)

Super fun palette- lip colors (bottom tier)

Hello Kitty brush set was smaller than I expected but still cute. It's a shiny plastic but not the finger print magnet type. The white cup that the brushes are in can be removed.

Brushes are travel sized. I'm doubting how effective they will be but we'll see.

Hope you liked the pics!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Chanel Spring 2011-Eyeshadow product pics

When I saw pics of the Chanel 2011 spring make up collection. I knew I had to have the Ombres Perlees de Chanel eyeshadow palette. It was the stand out item from the promo pics. I found the collection out at one of the Chanel boutiques and I couldn't resist bringing it home. I almost didn't pay attention to the Regard Pearle eyeshadow quad that was also released but I gave the tester a try and was wooed as well by the colors. I'm fighting a cold so I haven't done swatches yet but here are a few pics of the palettes.

Ombres Perlees de Chanel

1st pic and this one are both with flash.
I'm getting use to a new camera and adjusting settings.

No flash pic

Regard Perle eyeshadow quad

The Regard Perle reminded me of the Murano quad. So, in case anyone else was curious; here are the 2 palettes side-by-side. Murano on the left and Regard Perle on the right.

Swatches tk along with a few other products :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Revlon Perplex vs Chanel Paradoxal

While browsing through a Duane Reade drugstore on the way home this week, I saw a display for a Revlon polish. It claimed to be one of Fall's hottest shades. When I picked up the bottle it immediately reminded me of Chanel's Paradoxal. The Revlon polish even has a similar name-Perplex. I was curious to see how close the two would be so I brought a bottle home. All pics are taken with flash.

Bottle to Bottle


To me, Perplex has a more dark purple feel while Paradoxal has a more dusty grey feel to it. The shades are close especially in regular lighting but Perplex does look a tad darker. Although both do have a lovely subtle shimmer to them. Of the two, I actually prefer Perplex, I like the deeper purpler. Here's my current Perplex manicure. Application wise, the polish was very smooth and went on easily. Tips are Deborah Lippmann Today was a Fairytale.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

NARS Bento Box Set

The NARS Bento Box has been generating quite some buzz, including a mention in the New York Times Magazine. With the expected release date of November 1st, I was surprised to find out yesterday that Saks Fifth Avenue has received some stock of this item and that it was available for purchase. So here are the pics! As with the Paul & Joe sets, I have yet the heart to use this item; so no swatches. I think I need to start a museum like display case of my own.

The hefty Bento Box Set comes in a matte black Nars box:

With the box lid removed:

The Bento Box itself is a black wooden lacquered box.

With the wooden lid lifted:

Inside are the 2 kabuki bowls and a kabuki lip brush.

The bowl lids come with padding:

Bowls revealed! L->R: Sakura and Maiko

Close up of Sakura (pink).
I did use flash for the pics but both lip colors are pretty vibrant.

Here's Maiko (Red):

Close up of the gorgeous kabuki lip brush. It is only available in the set. Although Nars does offer other kabuki brushes (I am eyeing the Yachiyo brush).

In case you're wondering on the size of the bowls.
Here is a bowl next to a full size Nars lip gloss:

Each bowl is labeled as having 0.12oz (3.5g) of product.

Without a doubt, this is a gorgeous luxe holiday item. Craftsmanship definitely went into the set and everything is solidly made. Is it something you can carry around and show off? No, but it does make a lovely display piece. I think I will eventually use it even though a part of me does want to keep it pristine. If you're interested, but not near Saks, there is a sign-up to be notified of when it's released on the Nars cosmetics site.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Paul & Joe Holiday 2010-Eye & Lip sets and Nail polish

I'm a sucker for nice packaging and Paul & Joe often has some of the cutest packaging around so it's oh so hard for me to resist. I purchased both of the eye & lip color sets and some of the nail polishes from the holiday collection through I haven't gotten a chance to swatch the collection so it's just product pics for now.

The theme of this collection is "symphony". The lining of the boxes and the eye shadow cards have a sheet music design on them.

Each of the Eye & Lip color sets come in a floral pouch with a kiss clasp.


The Eye & Lip color set includes a lip rouge and 5 eyeshadow cards.

For the Adagio set, there is a dark pink/red color combine with a light pink color:

The five eyeshadow cards:


For the Allegro set, the lip rouge is a shimmery clear color combined with a dark pink flower.

The eye shadow cards:


So far, I like the colors in both sets. The eye shadow cards are novel although they do have an over sized sample feel to it =P Hopefully both items will wear well. I will post swatches once I have the heart to use them.

The 2 polishes I decided to get are Classical (light pink) and Minuet (light grey cement):


Minuet reminds me of Rescue Beauty Lounge Jane polish:

A new press powder duo was also released along with a limited edition compact case with the floral motif like the pouch. There is a Face color and Lip gloss set shown on the Paul & Joe beaute website but I haven't seen it available yet.


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