Armani Holiday 2011: Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadows


The entire Holiday 2011 collection is completely awesome… but you guys knew that if I had to choose, I’d take the Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadows first. No question.

So I got the shadows in #17, #18, and #19.
#17 is a distinct bright silver shimmer
#18 is a distinct bright gold shimmer
#19 is a distinct blend of silver and gold shimmer

It was impossible to catch the glory of these shadows in my swatches. They have such dimension and shimmer… they are simply wonderful, and PERFECT for Holiday Makeup. I adore them.

There is also an amazing selection of lipglosses with this collection. Reviews on those are coming.

Lip Service: Chanel Rouge Allure (Enviree)

I really didn’t think that I was going to like this lipstick. Everyone was hooting and hollering about it, and I was like… meh. Pink with pink sparkles… really? I don’t think so. Plus Chanel Lipsticks in pink colors typically don’t do well for me. But I was mistaken with Enviree:

It’s a lot warmer than I thought. It’s really flattering! And it turns out, it looks different on every skin tone. Little Sis Amanda tried it on, and it came out coral on her. She loved it too. So… I’m glad I gave Enviree a shot. It’s a keeper.

Giveaway: Chanel Holiday 2011 Highlighter


The Chanel Highlighter from Holiday 2011 is likely the most coveted piece in the collection. Initial swatches rendered it too ashy for my warm skin, until I learned how to use it. I found that if you ‘press’ it into foundation as it sets, it gives the desired result:

I thought that I’d share in the marvel that is Holiday Highlighting, and pay forward one of these collector-worthy highlighters in a giveaway!

You guys know the drill… you MUST be a Public Subscriber/Follower to qualify.  That means, you have to show up on GFC… because if I can’t see you, I can’t enter you. You can get additional entries by following me on Twitter @Shahadakarim, liking Adventures In Makeup on Facebook, following via Networked Blogs, linking the giveaway on your blog, and actually blogging about the giveaway in a separate post.

Chanel Holiday 2011: Swatches

Here are the swatches from my Chanel Holiday 2011 Haul:

Feerie Loose Powder. It’s a flesh toned powder with Pink Glitter. The Jury is still out.
Beige Lame Eyeshadow
Glossimer in Sparkle d’Or
Glossimer in Sweet Beige
I know it looks too pale and too pink, but that’s the flash. In natural light it a beautiful flesh-toned gloss.
Rouge Allure Extrait Gloss in Triomphal
Rouge Allure Laque in Empire
Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon

Chanel Holiday 2011

I finally got to see the Chanel Holiday 2011 Collection… and I’m so glad that I waited to buy before testing everything in person. The things that I thought were must haves… well, arent. And there are a few surprises in the collection as well.

Here’s what came home with me: 
Poudre Universelle Libre in Feerie
Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Beige Lame
Rouge Allure Laque in Empire
Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon
Rouge Allure Extrait Gloss in Triomphal
Glossimer in Sparkle D’Or
Glossimer in Sweet Beige

Poudre Universelle Libre (Feerie)

Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Beige Lame

Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon

Rouge Allure Exrait de Gloss in Triomphal
Glossimer in Sparkle D’Or
Glossimer in Sweet Beige

I thought that I wanted the gold eyeliner, but in truth the versions from MAC (Fabulous Felines Collection) and Illamasqua are much better. There is also a version from Guerlain that goes on solid and stays put. The Chanel liner skipped, and was very watery. Definite pass for me.

Now, about that highlighter that everyone is squealing about… it was a big fat pass for me. It’s a bit opaque, and totally ashy on warm skin. I tried it with my fingers, with a brush, and even with a damp sponge. No dice. It comes out like an ashy pressed powder on my warm skin tone. The pattern is lovely and it’s a great collectors item, so for some it’s going to be worth the $72. But I prefer to spend that kind of money on something that I can gaze at AND use if necessary.

Swatches to come… Ciao for now!

Chanel: Holiday 2011

The new Holiday 2011 Collection from Chanel is now up on the site!

 I think I want this gloss in red. It also comes in nude (Insouciance), which is a re-promote.
Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon.
This is a must have. 
The jury is still out. I have to see it in person.

For sure, I want the eyeliner in Or (gold), another Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon (can you have too many of those?), the red gloss, and possibly the powder. Everyone is screaming about the highlighter (top of the list), but really… I need to see what all the fuss is about before I plunk down $70. I think it might be more of a collector’s piece.

I love the idea of Chanel going back to its classic colors and looks. I’m excited about this collection. You can indulge your Chanel habit at