Thursday, November 22, 2012

Winter Wishlist

Winter Wishlist

'Tis the season to make a wishlist, la la la la laaaa la laa laa laaaaaaa. There have been so many amazing gift sets coming out this season that this list could honestly be a few pages long. But here are a couple of things that I've been wanting to try for a while together with some new gems. The total of this Polyvore set is headache inducing and this wishlist should in all honesty be titled the "Never-gonna-happen Wishlist". I will refrain from posting the prices - you can click on the link of each item if you want but it's at your own risk.

Frederic Malle Coffret Collection for Women (195€)
Frederic Malle has recently released three different boxes/"coffrets" contatining generous 5ml samples from the line. I've got my eye on the Collection for Women which includes 15 small bottles of all the women/unisex perfumes. The price of this one is very high for what are essentially samples and I already know that I absolutely hate one of the fragrances (Lipstick Rose) however I love quite a few (Carnal Flower, En Passant, Dans Tes Bras) so a safer option may be to just order regular samples of the fragrances I'd like to try and finally get that bottle of Carnal Flower that I've been wanting for ages. (See, I'm being sensible by replacing an expensive item on a WL with a slightly less expensive option).

I have not read a bad review of the bareMinerals eye shadows and this set is a perfect opportunity to try their eyeshadows together with some other pieces. There are also some gorgeous looking palettes of eight eyeshadows by Bare Escentuals and overall they've just done a great job with their Holiday offerings.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm (34GBP)
This is another product that gets a lot of good reviews online: Beauty Mouth, LondonMakeUpGirl, Modesty Brown are only some of the few who love this product. As I'm using only the Bioderma Crealine micellar as my cleanser and makeup remover at the moment I am a little bit concerned that this may be too heavy but I think I'll give it a try anyway.

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer Hot'n'Saucy
I saw this polish featured on Messy Wand and just thought "Oh, pretty!". It looks like a typical holiday season shimmery red polish but I like that it's more on the brown side.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
The new Hourglass Liquid Lipsticks received some mixed reviews online but I'll admit it that seeing the colour Icon on Christina Hendricks made me put this lippie straight to my wishlist. Want. Want. Want.

By Kilian L'Oeuvre Noire Collection 
After falling in love with a now almost empty sample of Ambre Oud from by Kilian I would love to try some other fragrances from their range and this collection of 10 7,5ml bottles of the L'Oeuvre Noire would be a great introduction to the range. The only problem is that By Kilian (currently) does not ship to Slovenia. Not. Cool.

Modalu Zahara bag in Toffee
Modalu became famous once Ms. Pippa Middleton started wearing their now renamed Pippa bag. I'm not really a fan of the Pippa design but Zahara looks like a perfect bag for me: a great balance between slouchy and structured (look at me, talking all fashion and stuff). I am slightly worried about the colour (I don't really have a lot of brown coloured accessories or clothes) and wish it came in a deep red or navy.

Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath & Shower Oil Collection 
By now we can probably say for sure that I have a thing for sets of small bottles. This set includes the bath oils from their regular range and I could truly use a bath full of Relax right about now.

Omorovicza Essentials Travel Kit
For this one I can completely blame Replica of Visionary Beauty blog - her skin is very sensitive but she gets along with the products from this brand really well. Omorovicza is a very, very expensive brand and this set of mini sized skincare is not cheap but I think this will be my little splurge for December and hopefully the products will actually do some good for my skin.

Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop and Berry Smoothie
And last but not least, the cheapest item on my list: Revlon Lip Butters. They got released in the US probably a year ago and have just made it to the virtual shelves of the Slovenian online shop Click2Chic and have sparked my interest once again. I think Lollipop and Berry Smoothie would be a good first choice but please let me know if you have any favourite shades from the line.

That's it! I never said this was going to be a short and cheap wishlist. Please let me know if you've tried any of the products on my List and share what's on your wishlist at the moment.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Postcards from Provence

Long time, no post! It's actually been more than 6 months since I last posted over here but it doesn't really feel like it's been that long at all.

I don't have any proper excuse why I haven't been blogging - I guess a little bit of laziness, some travelling and new family members in the form of kittens all contributed to my absence. So to get back into the swing of things I'll share with you some photos from a trip to Provence which I took way back in July. Remembering those warm and sunny days seems appropriate now that we just had our first snow this season.

Provence really lived up to my already high expectations - the beautiful picturesque villages on top of the hills, lavender fields, good food and beauty everywhere I looked.

Of course we went to visit Grasse, the capital of perfume - now we didn't see any fields of beautifully scented flowers there but decided to go directly to the International Perfume Museum which was wonderful as it showed all the different procedures of obtaining the perfume essence and throughout the Museum there were these little stops where you could smell certain perfume notes which made me want to order those little sets of raw perfume ingredients even more. There were also literally hundreds of perfume bottles and this little red riding hood was one of the cutest ones (of course I completely forgot which perfume was housed in this beauty).

There was only one con to the Museum in my eyes and that's the Museum Shop - I had all these ideas how it would be filled with English books on perfumes and some famous or very rare perfumes for purchase but unfortunately it was not and the perfumes in the Fragonard perfumery nearby weren't my cup of tea either so I came home without a single drop of new perfume.

We did however bring home a lot of lavender scented products. Generally I don't really love the scent of lavender in beauty products but the scent of real lavender in the fields of Valensole was just amazing and so soft unlike the sharp "lavender" scent that we're used to.

Besides the scented part of our trip there were of course many other memorable moments such as the very, very long drive through Gorges du Verdon, the largest Canyon in Europe...

... and yes, the colour of the water really was this vivid

... the peacefullness of Valensole...

... and the picture-perfect Roussillon, a little hilltop village known for its ochre quarries where they produced the warm coloured pigments which are still present here on every step.

On the last days of our trip we also stopped in Aix-En-Provence where we spent about three hours at their wonderful market trying out different kinds of food and just spending a lot of time looking at all different stands.

I do need to stop at the word "food" for a moment: we loved the baguettes, fresh fruit and yoghurts for breakfast in the morning, I tried the "peche plate" for the first time and loved them...

Peche plate, yum!

and we decided to do as the French do (or perhaps better yet as us tourists are told that the French do) and had desserts with every evening meal. This fondant right here in Villeneuve-les-Avignon was especially memorable, together with the hmm, intereseting English translation of the menu in said restaurant.

I wonder what the outputs would be ;)
And below is a fine example of "cafe gourmand" - coffee with an array of small desserts. This is pretty much close to perfection, right?

I had a great time in Provence and would love to go back soon, especially now that the days are starting to get colder and shorter although I'll admit that the colder months do have some other pros going for them. I've noticed that I've been getting a lot of Christmas related mails from online retailers already (are they getting earlier each year or is it just me?) which is just bizarre as Autumn just barely started. In the last 6 months I have also purchased and found some new wonderful products so reviews of those will slowly be sneaking up on the blog. I hope you're all ok and well and hopefully it won't take me another 6 months until my next post.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet

I can already imagine the weird search hits that I will get after this blog post title. But oh well, this OCC Lip Tar is worth it.

After hearing/reading so much about these lip tars I finally bought four of them last year - the Make-Up Designory store here in Ljubljana had a little sale on these (yay!) before they decided to stop carrying them (boo!).

The four colours that I got are:
- Strumpet (purple-red-pink goodness)
- Plum (a hideous grayed out plum/mauve - this looked quite promising in the tube but just looks awful on)
- NSFW (a bright, slightly warm-toned red)
- Pageant (it's a pastel-ly and bright pink at the same time, but looks darker and brighter on my lips)

Strumpet is the colour that I have so far worn the most, especially in the colder months - it's not quite purple, not quite red and has some pink in it as well and as you'll see in the photos below can look different depending on the lighting.

OCC Lip Tars are creamy liquid lip products that are very pigmented and definitely require a lip brush to apply - they do have a slanted tip (but I think the new reformulated packaging now comes with a very slim tip) that could be used for application but I doubt that it would work really well because you need a very small amount and need to apply it carefully as every little mistake shows. Even though the application requires more effort they make up for it in longevity - these are the most long-lasting lip products I have tried so far which is a good thing as having a tube and a lip brush and having to reapply these during the day doesn't sound so good.

As you can probably tell from the photo below there is some feathering but it's not nearly as noticable in real life and using a lip liner would probably help with this issue.

While the lip tars aren't moisturizing on the lips at all they aren't as drying as I thought they'd be (although using them everyday would probably show that they are not the kindest product to the lips). But for me the longevity, the lovely matte finish and the possibility of mixing different shades together make up for the not the most comfortable feeling on the lips.

I have Grandma on my wishlist next - the gorgeous coral: with that, Pageant and NSFW I'm all set for summer and I don't need to buy any other lipsticks now, who am I kidding, I'll shut up now. Have you tried any of the OCC lip tars? Let me know if you have any favourites!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick and Nail Lacquer in Lucky

Dior have just released a new range of lipsticks called Addict Extreme, divided into 4 shade groups, and a collection of four nail polishes that match the four stand-out shades from each Addict Extreme group of shades (Incognito, Riviera, Plaza and Lucky). As I finished a tube of the Dior Addict lipstick in Singuliere a while ago (and finishing a lipstick is quite an achievement, right?) I thought that as a little reward I'd try one of the new Extreme shades now and so I decided to go for Lucky. And yes, that matching nail polish just looked too pretty to pass up.

Dior Addict Extreme lipsticks are ment to give radiant colour, hold and shine. The texture of these is similar to the original Dior Addicts but it is not as gel-like and has more of a buttery texture that is a real joy to use. This is not an opaque lipstick but it's not too sheer either - to me the effect on the lips is similar to a stain topped with a lip balm, in that the colour is definitely there but it's kind of translucent. The glossy finish goes away quite quickly but the colour stay on the lips for a while (about 3 hours) although I would definitely not label this lipstick as exceptionally long-lasting. The scent of these is very subtle, slightly sweet and definitely not overpowering.

Lucky (536), the colour that I got, doesn't have any shimmer and looks like a bright redish coral in the tube but on my lips and when swatched it looks more like a warm-toned watermelon pink, very similar to how the colour looks like on Kate Moss in the ad.

As I swatched the colours in-store I wasn't surprised by the actual colour of this lipstick on my lips so I would definitely recommend swatching these first before buying them. What really surprised me with this lipstick was how nice and smooth it felt on my lips, it really softens the lip texture and *almost* makes the lips look slight fuller - and the good part is that even after the glossines and the colour faded, my lips felt moisturized.

The four nail polishes (Haute Couleur High Lasting Nail Lacquers) that were released together with the Dior Addict Extreme lipsticks are all very beautiful: Incognito, a cool-toned nude, and three bright summery shades: Riviera, orange coral, Plaza, pink, and Lucky (659) which is somewhere between red, coral and pink without any shimmer or glitter.

The application of this polish was very nice, the brush of the Dior polishes is very wide and has a rounded tip which I like, the finish is very glossy and it's almost completely opaque in two coats. I say almost because under certain lights I can still see the nail line on my nails. I could probably solve this by applying three coats (can't be bothered) or using a coloured base coat (I'm thinking of trying out the Butter London Nail Foundation). In these photos you can see what the nail polish looked like after four days of wear (applied using base coat and top coat) - not too bad, there is some obvious tip wear and you can see that the base of the nail is showing through but there wasn't any serious chipping until yesterday which was the sixth day of wear.

I really like both of these products - the colours are lovely and bright and the overall effect is very glossy and fresh. I'd especially like to try some of the other shades from the Dior Addict Extreme lipstick range because I find the finish of it really flattering.

I've also noticed that L'Oreal and Lancome have released new nail polish and lipstick formulas as well. The L'Oreal Colour Riche polishes and Lancome Rouge in Love lipsticks look particularly beautiful and might make an appearance on this blog very soon.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Keep reading the Blogs you follow

With 1 March 2012 Google have removed the Google Friend Connect from all non-blogger hosted blogs which means that if you followed any of these blogs via GFC before you will not receive any updates from them anymore. This change does not affect my blog because my blog is hosted by blogger but some truly amazing bloggers have been affected by this change and if you'd like to make sure that you keep getting the regular updates and posts from these blogs please click on the link below and keep updated by subscribing either via e-mail, bloglovin etc.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in Browno Mars (860)

Catrice have just (and by "just" I mean a few weeks ago) released some new products and also added new colours to their existing product lines, including their nail polish range and with this they have also replaced their previous standard thin nail polish brush with a new, wider and flatter brush. 

The first two from the new Nail Lacquers that caught my attention were Browno Mars and Genius in a Bottle with Genius looking very similar to Chanel's Peridot in the bottle.

L: Direct sunlight, R: with flash

But firstly, I'd like to show you Browno Mars: a metallic bronzey brown with silver shimmer that in certain light leans very slightly purply but of course I couldn't catch that on camera. I'm very much tempted to call it a warm metallic taupe because the word taupe seems to describe quite a wide range of colours (taupe and peachy-pink are probably one of the most frequent descriptions for colours in makeup).

What I really like about this colour is that it mixes warm and cool tones and it looks different depending on the angle and on the light. The application was not a problem - two thin coats and I was done but I noticed that this colour started chipping sooner than some of my other Catrice polishes.

And now for the brush:

I really love the shape of the new brush - I didn't have any application problems with the old one either but the wider and flatter shape of the new brush just makes it even easier for me to apply the polish as nicely as possible. But I can imagine that especially those with smaller/narrower nails might not like this new shape at all.

The next Catrice polishes  I'd like to get are Grey's Kelly, Salmon & Garfunkel, Put Lavender on the Agenda and Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans. Luckily for me and my wallet these are less than 3€ each :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani lipstick in Plum 602

Last year when I was visiting Prague, I made a few sneaky makeup purchases as well (and the non-makeup related Staropramen purchases of course). One of the items was the Rouge d'Armani lipstick in the colour Plum 602. The CZK/EUR exchange rate was not very kind to my wallet but as this has become my most worn lipstick this Autumn/Winter I do not regret it at all.

I've wanted to try the Rouge d'Armani lipsticks for a while especially after reading so many favourable reviews on Temptalia, The Non-Blonde and Perilously Pale. I was looking for a deeper pink colour and asked the SA at the makeup counter for help and when she applied Plum 602 I just loved the colour and didn't even bother trying out any of the other shades.

Plum 602 is a plummy pink lipstick which in certain lighting looks more like a soft red, with silver shimmer and has a slightly glossy finish which disappears quickly. The interesting thing is that when the lipstick was still fresh and unused there was no sight of any shimmer, the shimmer only showed up as I started using the lipstick but luckily it's not over the top and barely shows up on my lips.

The colour is very pigmented and on my lips it leans slightly warmer than what it looks like in the bullet. The texture of these lipsticks is quite unique - it's not waxy or overly creamy, it's more of a gel texture but it glides on the lips without a problem and is completely opaque in one coat. Also, this might just be the most long-lasting lipstick I've ever tried - it stays on my lips for about five, six hours and even after that it leaves a nice stain and luckily is not drying either and it feels comfortable on my lips - the initial finish of the lipstick is quite glossy but shortly after the application it sets to a semi-matte finish.


Products used in the above photo: NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Santa Fe, Ellis Faas concealer in S202, eyeshadows from the Edward Bess Berry Chic palette, Maybelline Falsies mascara and Shu Uemura P Pink 30 blusher and of course Rouge d'Armani in 602 Plum.

The packaging is very beautiful - a heavy black metallic case with a magnetic closure that's whole lot of fun to play with.

I really love the texture, opacity and long-lastingness (is that a word?) of this lipstick and so I'm already planning my second purchase from the Rouge d'Armani line (maybe a coral pink or a bright red) and hopefully I'll be near an Armani counter in May (there are no Armani counters in Slovenia, boo).

Let me know if you have tried any of the Rouge d'Armani shades and what colours would you recommend from the line.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mehs and Misses

I haven't done a favourites post in a while and it's not because there aren't any new and faithful old products that I've been enjoying using, it's just that there are too many and I still need to write full reviews of many products that I love so a full favourites post would be simply too long.
But! There have been a few products that I either didn't like at all or I just thought were so unimpressive so instead of writing ten little posts saying how product (A) is a "meh" or a "miss" I'll show you all these products in one post. So for a change, instead of making you want to buy stuff, I'm persuading you to save your money on these. You're welcome.

First up, the two skincare products which have been very disappointing for me, NUDE Skincare Replenishing Night Oil and Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. I know these two have quite a fan base: NUDE Replenishing Night Oil was voted as the best anti-aging product by the Beauty Bible and the Cleanse and Polish is one of those products that everyone seems to love (almost everyone, I guess) so perhaps it's not them, it must be me. The problem that I had with these two products was that they both irritated my skin, especially on my cheeks and around my nose and caused lots of redness, the NUDE Night Oil even gave me a nice red rash just on the top of my cheekbones. These products are both scented and contain essential oils which might be one of the reasons why they didn't work for me. The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish would also probably be better for people with normal/dry skin as it doesn't wash off completely, and I also didn't find it very good at removing my makeup, especially my mascara. I think I'll just stick to my Bioderma Crealine Makeup Remover and the pure oils for some added moisture - I'm currently using the pure Argan Oil as a weekly nourishing addition to my skincare and it works really well.

Next, the makeup stuff that I disliked: the biggest disappointment was the Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer in the colour 03 - the packaging is of course pretty, the colour looked very nice as well, it even looks very pigmented in the swatch but this thing is sticky like crazy, the pretty colour doesn't transfer to my lips and it looks just like a clear, goopy gloss. Did I mention that it's sticky? At least it has a pleasant scent, that's really the best thing I can say about it.

The Lipstick Queen Fifteen Minutes of Fame - Pop Art Glosses were a big meh for me: I got these a while ago from a Space.NK sale and these really are nothing special, again quite sticky, the pigmentation is sheer-medium which is why they tend to look a bit patchy when applied. They don't last very well on my lips either. And they look all bubbly and weird in the swatches below. I really love the Queen Jean lippie from the brand but I'm sure I won't buy the glosses again.

I love Catrice nail polishes so for a change I wanted to try one of their lipsticks but I wasn't as impressed: the colour I chose was Be Natural! from their Ultimate Colour range, a neutral peachy beige colour that is probably too light for me as it  just stays on top and doesn't "mix" with my natural lip colour. It also disappears very quickly and manages to accentuate every bit of dryness on my lips - it might be just due to the shimmer finish but I think that for now I'll stay away from Catrice lipsticks (I do have a review of one of their newest nail polishes coming up and that one is luckily a completely different story) .

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Magic Night: There's nothing horribly wrong with this eyeshadow but there's nothing really great about it either. It looks so pretty in the pan, such a vibrant deep purple, but when swatched and applied to the lid it's really nothing special - it's not very pigmented, not the most blendable eyeshadow in the world and just overall not good enough, especially for the price. I'm probably mad though for wanting Taupe Grise now, am I?

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-2: I bought this concealer compact a little more than a year ago and it still hasn't won me over. I just came to conclusion that this one works best for any discolorations where the texture of the skin is actually healthy and ok - for example, it's awful on blemishes or dry red patches because it is so very dry and thick that even if it corrects the redness it accentuates the not-so-perfect texture. I have been using a sample of the Ellis Faas concealer now and it's just so much easier to apply and blend. I'll keep the Secret Camouflage though for when I just need some colour correcting.

Catrice Ultimate Colour in Be Natural!, Paul & Joe in No. 03, Lipstick Queen lipglosses in 14 and 15, Chanel eyeshadow in Magic Night

What were some of your most recent mehs and misses? And don't be shy, tell me if any of the products mentioned in this post are actually your favourites!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

You've got Mail - Getting Cheeky with it!

Say hello to my first Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade Redhead! Now MAC is not available here in Slovenia (Shock, horror!) but I do have a few products from MAC which I either got on my travels or as gifts. I remember when I first started reading beauty blogs and Makeup Alley, how interested I was in MAC, I knew all the info on their newest collections and was putting together the not-gonna-happen wishlists. About 3 years ago which seems like decades in MAC terms, there was a lot of talk online about their new Brunette, Blonde, Redhead collection, especially about the of course limited edition Mineralize Skinfinishes. The Blonde and Redhead MSFs were now repromoted with MAC's Naturally Collection and lucky me, I was the winner of the giveaway held by the truly wonderful and lovely Jessica of Getting Cheeky blog so Redhead is now the newest cheeky addition to my makeup shelf.

Mineralize Skinfinish in Redhead consists of four different coloured stripes, ranging from gold to warm pink/salmon. All the colours are shimmery and very smooth and pigmented. I remember I've previously read some reviews describing the MSFs as being glittery and chalky, but luckily the texture of this one is very nice and for my skintone the lighter shade works well as a highlighter and I can use all the stripes mixed together as a blush.

In these photos I've used the following products:
- NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe
- Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in Beige Clair (53)

- Max Factor Eye Khol in Natural Gaze on the waterline
- Essence Longlasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate on the upper and lower lashline (love, probably the nicest dark non-shimmery brown eyeliner I've ever tried)
- the lighter shade of the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette in the crease
- Maybelline Falsies mascara (another love)

- Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon (also known as Audrey's lipstick)

and of course MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Redhead on my cheeks.

I really love the colour of Redhead and even though it is quite shimmery I like the sheen that it gives my skin and I think it would look amazing in the summer paired with a bright coral lipstick (and hopefully better looking skin, damn you, below zero temperatures and central heating!). 

Ingredients of the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Redhead

Thank you again Jessica, this little pan of glowy goodness couldn't have come at a better time!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre eyeshadows: Mirifique (85) and Illusoire (83)

These two Chanel Illusion d'Ombre eyeshadows were some of my favourite makeup items of 2011 and as I only bought them in the last few months of the year, I think that's quite impressive.

The Illusion d'Ombres are somewhere between a drier textured cream and a mousse. When you apply them to the lid they don't feel as moist as cream eyeshadows, it almost feels like you don't have any product on your finger. And no, they are nothing like the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadows which are basically pressed powders.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Mirifique with flash

The first colour that I got was Mirifique - everyone was raving about how beautiful this sparkly black is and how well it worked as a liner and well, they were right, it's a beauty. The teal and silver sparkle in this one is very prominent and it looks gorgeous all over the lid for a "wet" effect and really is a lovely eyeliner which is how I wear it most of the time - I just apply it with my Rouge Bunny Rouge 008 eyeliner brush or with the little Chanel brush that comes with these eyeshadows and add a matte brown colour in the crease to give some definition to my eyelids.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Mirifique in daylight

After liking Mirifique so much I wanted to try some other colours and even though there are only 6 colours currently in the range I liked all the colours except the white Fantasme but decided to go with Illusoire, a very safe choice for me. Illusoire is a dark grey purple with lots of blue, pink and silver shimmer. I thought it would be very similar to Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird and if you ask my boyfriend he'd say that they are identical but they of course are not: Illusoire is more blue toned, Delicate Hummingbird almost looks warm toned next to it, and the finish of Illusoire is much shinier.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Illusoire with flash

I find that the best way for me to apply Illusoire is by patting it on with my fingers and it's really easy to build it up to a full metallic effect.  

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Illusoire in daylight

Hopefully, you can see some of the sparkle I'm babbling about in this photo:

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Illusoire on the lid and lower lashline with Mirifique as a liner

And because you can't really see much of the actual colour of these eyeshadows on my eyelid due to my lids being from da hood, below are the swatches of Mirifique and Illusoire:

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Mirifique and Illusoire

When I first watched these at the counter they looked quite sheer but you can layer them very easily to achieve an opaque shimmery finish.


The Illusion d'Ombres are not very longlasting on my oily lids although they do last for the most of the day if I use them over a primer and luckily they fade very evenly and don't leave me with colour moving completely to my crease. Also, I haven't had any problems with Mirifique as a liner - it doesn't smudge and it stays put.

Overall, I love the texture and the sparkliness of the Illusion d'Ombres and for me the overall effect is still daytime appropriate. Two new colours were used at the Chanel 2012 SS Haute Couture show and I really hope they will be available at all the counters, that teal colour sounds promising (You can see the photos and more details over at Makeup4all).

Have you tried the Chanel Illusion d'Ombres? What are your favourite colours from this line? Based on the responses I got on twitter Epatant seems to be another winner and next on my list.


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