Covet Worthy: Guerlain Parure (Aqua & Gold)

These foundations deserve to have a cult following. Beyond their DIVINE packaging, the performance of these foundations exceed expectations, and properly earn their place among Luxury Makeup.

I’ll start with the Aqua. The formula is more cream than liquid, and sets soft (not matte). It feels like a luxurious face cream going on. Coverage is medium to full, and easily buildable. What makes this foundation particularly special is the color range. It does more than just range from light beige to dark. There is also a Dore (gold) line for girls with particularly warm undertones (raising my hand). And the best thing about the beige (for those of you who are not really yellow or orange underneath) is that it is truly neutral. Not PINK (I’m looking at you Dior), but neutral.
If there is a downside, it’s this: I’ve heard complaints about the lightest beige even being too dark for fair skin. I cannot feel too bad, because it’s much easier to shop for fair skin than it is to shop for warm, olive, medium, and dark skin. I know this to be true, as I shop for ALL skin ranges and tones on a regular basis (it’s my job). So, let the rainbow coalition have this one. We’ve been waiting a long time for a foundation that both performs on a luxury level, and actually matches our range of skin tones.
Some may also complain about the fragrance. This foundation smells distinctly of violets. I personally love the scent. But if  you’ve got an issue with a heavily perfumed foundation (or think that your skin might react to the fragrance), you may want to pass this by.

You’ve already seen pictures of me in the Parure Gold:

This is the most luxurious foundation I’ve used to date. It eclipses Chanel… and even Armani. Dior couldn’t see this foundation on its best day. By Terry can’t touch it… mostly because of the color range and versatility. The color and effect of this foundation is hard to describe. Although it only comes in the beige line, it features a gold undertone that warms the overall tone up very effectively. That gold undertone also acts as a light deflector (not a shine enhancer), working much like Meteorites to diffuse light around the entire face. The coverage is medium to full… but leans closer to full. Also goes on like a face cream, also smells distinctly of violets. I LOVE it. I’m getting a backup. I’m not kidding.

Neither of these foundations is cheap. But they’re comparable. Parure Aqua is about $60… comparable to both Chanel and Armani. Parure Gold is $78. More expensive than Chanel, but cheaper than By Terry ($105). If you’re going to drop major coin on a foundation… check out Guerlain. If they can match you, do not hesitate to invest in it. It’s truly worth every single penny.

Who Remembers… Vincent Longo?

Not me.
Year’s ago, the line was at Naimies, and I’m sure I saw it at Sephora. Then there was this HUGE sale, and POOF! Everyone thought Vincent Longo had gone the way of the dinosaur.

The first time I noticed it again was mere *months ago, at Space NK in Bloomingdales. Even then, I didn’t give it a passing glance. Like, who’s got Vincent Longo on their radar anymore?

But… let’s be fair. I don’t know WHY the company got dumped by so many retailers, but it’s not like the products are awful. As little as I remember about the line, I don’t remember anything about it being of poor quality.

So, I decided to give ol’ Vince another shot:

This is the liquid eyeshadow in a color called Lovely Brown. It looks like a lip gloss (and sort of applies that way), but it blends out like a mousse, and SETS like an Aqua Cream. OMG. It stains at little bit too. After I did my swatch:

…I tried to wipe it off and it did NOT budge! That swatch doesn’t even do this color justice. It’s a rich brown with aubergine undertones, and the slightest hint of gold shimmer. Just stunning. I’m truly impressed.

I’m starting small with this line. Just the shadow. If this one performs, there are a bunch of other colors that I’ll go back for. Vincent Longo… welcome back to my radar. Consider me a cautious… but blossoming fan.

That’s What Friends Are For…

I have this friend.

We have this thing where we buy each other gifts for our birthdays. Doesn’t matter what it is… if she wants it, I’ll try to get it. She never asks, so a lot of times I have to guess. But she doesn’t like guessing about me, so she’ll just come out and say “I’m not up for no guessing games, SO WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY?”

Well, this year… I wanted Illamasqua:

LOOK AT THESE LASHES!!!
They’re the Luxury Lashes from Illamasqua’s Holiday Collection. Appropriately called ‘Opulence’, they’re a thick black lash, decorated with Antique Gold jewels. They’re a true antique gold color too… not brassy gold and NOT cheap looking. I LOVE THEM! I have no idea where I’m going to wear them (yet)… maybe someone’s NYE party.

FOTD: All Warmed Up

I saw a brown and gold look in Allure (December 2010) for one of the shows… I want to say it was Marc Jacobs. I can’t remember. Anyway, I LOVED the way it looked. So I thought I’d do my own interpretation…

FACE
By Terry Lumiere Foundation (#8)
Shu Uemura Translucent Powder
MAC Blush in Peaches
EYES
Belmacz Blitz (base)
MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch (outer lid)
MAC Eyeshadow in Goldmine (inner lid)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Zero
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara 
LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Bronze Shimmer

Contest Update: AMP YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

So…

I thought that I’d give you guys even more ways to win the makeup bundles. Thanks for all the excitement about the MAC bundle… there’s even more to come!

Everyone who follows/subscribes to the blog is AUTOMATICALLY entered once. If you want to do one (or two, or three) better, you can do the following:

1 entry = ‘Like’ Adventures In Makeup on Facebook. The link is on this blog.

1 entry = Tweet about the contest and link the contest post on your twitter page

1 entry = follow me on Twitter @shahadakarim

 2 entries = Link the contest to your own blog (if you have one)

 3 entries = BLOG about this Holiday Giveaway

That’ll seriously amp your chances at the win (your name will be ‘re-entered’ the number of appropriate times, making it more likely that you’ll be chosen).

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD.

FOTN: Berry Flush

This weather has been so Autumn appropo lately. Clear, crisp days with a brisk breeze. I’m loving it! If makeup can create wind kissed cheeks and a bitten lip…

FACE
Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light (5.0)
Shu Uemura Translucent Powder
Chanel Blush in Plum Attraction
EYES
MAC Pigment in Naked Dark
MAC Shadestick in Shimmersand
Naimies False Lashes
LIPS
Kaplan MD Lip Color in Blackberry Shine

Holiday Giveaway 2010: The Next Prize

I thought I might post the prizes ahead of time before choosing the winner. Here’s the next prize:

1-MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Petticoat
1-MAC Pigment in Later
1-MAC Greasepaint Stick in Greengrease
1-MAC Greasepaint Stick in Uniformly Blue
1-MAC Greasepaint Stick in Dirty
1-MAC Greasepaint Stick in Brown Now

*Remember, all you have to do to win is follow/subscribe. You cannot be a hidden follower. In order to win, I have to see you. Winners are selected at random (literally from a bowl of names written on little pieces of paper). One winner will be announced every Friday until the end of the year. Good Luck!*