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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