Choosing between the Lagons and Vanities quads from Chanel’s ‘Sophisticated Eye’ collection proved to be an exercise in futility. I thought about it, swatched both, walked away, thought about it some more…
And ended up with both. They are, each in their own right, completely stunning. Both are flattering on a wide range of skin tones. Vanities is more universally wearable than Lagons, but the beauty of the latter simply cannot be denied.
Vanities consists of two pinks and two purples, one cool and one shot through with a healthy dose of gold. The golden purple color reminds me a lot of MAC Trax… without the fallout. All of the colors are silky to the touch, and easy to apply.
Every single color shows up on me without going too cool or ashy. I’m particularly fond on the warmer colors, but I can’t wait to mix them up and see what happens.
Lagons is a series of blues, each of which seems to be ‘cooled down’ with a healthy shot of grey. Despite it’s cool nature, I think Lagons will look stunning on just about any skin tone… it just matters how you place and blend the color. I really tried to leave this quad behind, but simply could not. It’s not the most practical, but it is quite beautiful.
This picture truly does not do the quad justice. I shot it in natural light, to try and pick up the ‘sparkle’ from the darkest color. It’s there, trust me. Like Vanities, the formula of these shadows is silky and easy to blend.
I love them both. I tried to pick a favorite… and that didn’t work out too well for me. If you MUST choose just one, I think you’ll probably get a lot more use out of Vanities.
You can get both Holiday 2011 quads from the Chanel website: www.chanel.com
There has been much in the way of reviews, hauls, and swatches of the new Guerlain Autumn 2011 makeup collection. I have to say, most of the collection left me flat. I was not moved by the eyeshadow quads at all. What DID impress me were the new lipsticks:
I think the formulations of these new lippies are even better than the originals (which are pretty darned good, by the way). The texture is richer, and the color really ‘grabs’ your lips.
I ended up with the lipstick in #70, which is a rich berry color:
This is one of those times to blame the flash; the color is actually even deeper than that in person. It does take a little effort to put it on (much drier than, say, YSL Rouge Volupte), but the color payoff and staying power is totally worth it:
At $45 a pop, these lipsticks are NOT cheap. There’s a lovely selection of colors though… one to complement every skin tone. I really like it… but I’m going to have to re-evaluate my budget if I intend to make a habit of purchasing them.
So here are my first two loves from the new Chanel ‘Sophisticated Eye’ collection…
I’m admitting to a ‘frivolous’ purchase — for I broke down and got the eyelash curler.
Why? I have no sane reason. I just wanted it. That’s it and that’s all. I LOVE the way it comes packaged… only Chanel. lol
I also got the single eyeshadow in Twilight, which I feel is the sleeper hit among the singles. It’s pink, but it’s got a warm dimension that I absolutely love. It really complements my warm skin tone… which can sometimes be a challenge with pink.
I really love this shadow. I’m so glad I tried it at the counter, because in the pot it just looks… pedestrian. But it really warmed up on my skin, and I was totally impressed by that.
Okay… I needed to see what was up with this mascara:
The promo pic will have you thinking that this mascara will give you the look of falsies… like a doll. So I bought one to see for myself.
And the test…
It doesn’t do much for me in terms of volume, but I LOVE that the formula is so clean. No clumping… and it really does add length to your lashes. You won’t look like a ‘doll’ — but you can get pretty dolled up using this lovely little tube of mascara.
I like it. Keeper.
You can get Lancome Doll Lashes mascara here: www.lancome-usa.com/
I got called to do a Vogue ‘request’ recently (which means that the magazine is interested/has asked for it/will consider it… but may not use it). Naturally, I said yes! I can’t show any actual photos of the shoot itself (Grace Coddington gets first crack)… but I can leak a little background and some of the makeup specifics:
Here’s hoping that Vogue loves it and decides to use it!
It’s hot as Hades outside… and I just wanted to work ‘with’ my skin. Any kind of fancy makeup would end up just sliding off me. So I’m not fighting nature today…