FOTD: Shimmer & Shine

I pulled out some of my favorite Chanel products for this FOTD. I used the quint from last year, and remembered why I fell in love with it in the first place…

Illamasqua Skin Base (#14 & #15)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
IMAN Sunlit Copper Blush
Chanel Holiday (2011) Highlighter
Les Perles de Chanel:
Shimmer Beige on inner lid
Shimmer Black on outer lid and under waterline
Shimmer Green blended through crease
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil in Forest
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Misia

Glow On: Guerlain Terracotta

I have to give credit where credit is due… an internet lipstick junkie named Shontay asked me about Guerlain Bronzers… and I had to tell her that I’d actually never used them. As much as I love the brand, I’d never picked up one of those lovely Terracotta Bronzers to see what they could do.

Naturally… I had to go and see if I was missing anything. Boy, was I missing a lot!

As a woman of color, I don’t hunt down many ‘bronzing’ products… as I’ve already been blessed with a lovely tan. But I do use bronzers to even out skin tone, add shadow, or give myself a fake ‘glow’ for the day. So I hit the Guerlain counter to look at their Terracotta Bronze Collection for Summer 2011. I admit to being a little overwhelmed because I don’t know that the selection really makes sense.

I ended up with Clair, which is in the ‘blonde’ category. But Clair 01 is a perfect match for my skin tone. These are VERY dark.. all of them. I wasn’t interested in going darker than my skin tone… just looking for a glow. Clair is matte… so I also got 03, which is a shimmer version:

Clair 01 is on the left… and 03 is on the right.
Clair 01
For today’s running around… I decided to use both. I used 01 as a pressed powder, and 03 as ‘color’ for my cheeks and eyes.

The flash made me a LOT more shiny than I actually looked in real life. But I loved the effect. The powder actually gives ‘coverage’… like sheer to medium I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on these bronzers. LOVE THEM. On the rest of my face is YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil, Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Misia.

If I had a complaint, it would be that the compacts are REALLY slim. I can’t imagine that you’d get much product in such skinny packaging. The compacts are gorgeous though. They’d be like a little gem in your makeup bag. They also don’t come with a brush or a puff or anything. I never use puffs anyway, but a brush would have been nice, especially for $45 a pop.

Despite product size and lack of applicator, I still love them. They’re keepers.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine: Misia

This is a Neiman Marcus exclusive. In addition to the regular lineup of shades (I believe there are 18 regulars) Neiman Marcus has a peach color called ‘Misia’ and Saks Fifth Avenue has a strawberry pink one called ‘Antigone’.

This is Misia:

Despite the ‘orange’ hue, this lipstick goes on absolutely peach. It’s semi sheer, like the other Rouge Coco Shines, and very very moisturizing.

See? Distinctly peach. Very nice summer shade. Not as strong as Sari (still at the top of my list), but still really gorgeous.