Juvia’s Nubian 2 Swatches

nubian2 palette

Morocco, Madagascar, Sheba, Yaa

nubian2 palette 1

Jezebel, Zuri, Cleopatra, Nefertiti

nubian2 palette 2

Nairobi, Leyla, Kenya, Egypt

Insane pigmentation with the shimmers. Mattes are wack; you have to really work to build them. Fortunately, there are only a few in this palette. The colors work best with a LIGHT hand… better to buff and build than have to take it all down.

Makeup Geek Blush Swatches

As promised!

 makeup geek blush
Promise Ring, Valentine, XOXO, Desire

makeup geek blush 1

Love Letter, Secret Admirer, Rendezvous, Soul Mate

makeup geek blush 2

Spellbound, Puppy Love, Covet, Chivalry

makeup geek blush 3

Blind Date, Main Squeeze, Romance, Summer Fling

makeup geek blush 4

Cherish, Bliss, Heart Throb, Infatuation

I swatched all of these with my fingers so you can get a good gauge on pigmentation. Here’s what I found: with the exception of Desire and Chivalry, all of the deeper pigmented blushes apply patchy or streaky. The lighter the color, the better the application. The colors in the mid-range have the worst application. They stick to odd parts of the face and when you buff them out, they completely disappear. Summer Fling might be the worst of the bunch, which is depressing because that’s the one I was most excited about. You know how I love a good orange. But this isn’t even really orange on me (although it’s very orange in the pan). It’s more of a bright orange-based coral. So boo to that.

My hands down favorites are the lighter flesh tones like Bliss and Infatuation. Secret Admirer, which I was also super excited about, is also kinda patchy. I wanted a dupe for my ever favorite Spank from Rock & Republic, but this is NOT it.

I do like that most of the blushes are matte. I don’t like that many of them are patchy as all get out. And it has nothing do do with the price point because I have a kick ass matte rose blush from Milani that I got on clearance for $5, so no.

What’s really interesting is that these blushes are supposed to be ‘reformulated.’ I’m not sure if they were crap before, but these are supposed to be the new ones. Or did we get sold the old ones at the show because the company needed to unload stock? I have questions.

I wonder if Makeup Geek has answers.

PHAME Expo: Sugarpill Haul + Swatches

Here’s what came home with me from Sugarpill:

The Pro Palette:

As you may (or may not) know, the pro palette is simply three of the regular Sugarpill Palettes smashed together in one palette. I have the smaller palettes (which I’m gifting to my little sister), but I got this one because it’s a lot more convenient to have all of the colors in one palette. The black shadow is missing from this palette, but I don’t really mind.

Top Row:

Bottom Row:

I also got the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette:

And I thought I was done, but the Elektro Cute Loose Pigment in Hi-Viz caught my eye:

Believe it or not, this swatch really doesn’t capture the magnificence of this pigment. It’s neon bright, and sparkly all at once. There are other colors like royal blue, fuchsia, peach, and green… but the yellow simply sparkles the best in my opinion. It is totally amazing.

The Makeup Show LA (2013): Swatches!

Here are swatches of my goodies from The Makeup Show:

NARS Multiple in G-Spot:

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan (top) and Het Loo (bottom)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger:

*remember that I tend to go very light with concealers. I tend to add a lot of light under my eyes and in the center of my face. I would not use this to conceal blemishes… for that I’d use a color corrector. Concealers, for me, are specifically about adding light to contrast contour.*

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in WT-00
The lady at Koh Gen Do uses this to bring ‘up’ any foundation color that’s too dark. It’s a heck of an adjuster. Because it’s technically a foundation, it blends extremely well with other foundations… and can also be used alone as a highlighter.
Ellis Faas Skin Veil in S106:
Ellis Faas Skin Veil in S107

MAC Holiday 2012: Glamourdaze

I feel like most of this collection I’ve either seen before, or is best suited to fair skinned beauties. But I did manage to find some gems in the MAC Glamourdaze collection.

 Eye Kohl in Mystery
Blush in Small Vanity
Mineralize Shadow in Stylishy Merry
Eye Kohl in Orpheus
Blush in I’m The One
Mineralize Shadow in Round Midnight
Mystery
Small Vanity
(my favorite from the collection)
Stylishly Merry
Orpheus
I’m The One
Round Midnight
These were definitely my favorites from the collection. There was a TON to choose from, and I feel like there’s truly something for everyone (in keeping with the MAC tradition of trying to be all things to all people). You can find out more about MAC Glamourdaze collection HERE.

Autumn 2012: Chanel Les Essentiels

In the dead heat of Summer, Chanel has already released a very ‘Autumn-like’ collection called Les Essentiels:

I sometimes wonder if they’re trying to keep up with the likes of MAC, by releasing a collection every few weeks.I can’t imagine that this is a sustainable practice. While it constantly creates a collecting frenzy and keeps Chanel on everyone’s lips… it seems a bit expensive and exhausting in terms of long term business practice. It also lends a ‘flash in the pan’ feeling to a brand that ought to be well beyond that. Anyway…

Blush in Rose Initale, Lip Pencil in Amarante, Eye Shadow Quad in Premiere Regard

This is what I thought was the best of the collection. There are also six single eye shadows (mostly dupeable shimmers), three nail polishes, two lipsticks (both glittery), two glosses and two eye pencils (including a glittery silver… whyyyyy with the glitter?), and the strangest glittery (apparently overspray) highlighter I’ve ever seen. Chanel does not do glitter well. Why they insist on trying to force it into a collection every now and again is beyond me. They are best at ‘subtle’ finishes, I think. They’re great a shimmers and semi-matte finishes. And they always seem to shine with Autumn and Spring collections in particular.

I swatched this blush quite heavy. It’s a very soft cool rose color on me. I think it works perfectly for Autumn. It’s not an over the top color. I feel that it will work to bring a look together, rather than stand out on its own.

This is probably my favorite piece. Now, I’m an admitted sucker for Chanel Quads (they are simply unmatched in terms of quality and pigmentation). I think they succeeded in conveying a very cool ‘Autumn’ feel with this color selection and finish. There was some push-back on the blogosphere about the color selection. Many people seemed to be hoping for deeper colors and stronger (shimmer?) finishes. But I really like this color scheme. And that peachy beige just runs all over MAC’s Brule (my go to base shade). The formula really adheres to the skin. I also love the idea of ONE shimmer in the quad… instead of a quad of shimmers or a quad of mattes.

This is more of a brown-based plum shade. I think you have to have a particular kind of coloring to pull this off. I feel like unless you’re trying to convey a distinct Vintage finish, this pencil is better suited to warmer undertones. I feel like beauties with cooler undertones might end up looking like an 80’s throwback. Now if that’s what you’re going for, have at it. That certainly seems to be what’s going on in the Promo Picture for this collection. But if not, I’d go with a more ‘pink’ based plum color. This color is perfect for me (I have yellow and orange undertones), so I snapped it right up.

That’s it! Those are my favorites from the new Chanel Autumn 2012 Collection. Ciao for now!

Chanel: Perfection Lumiere

Okay, I think Chanel is making up for Vitalumiere Aqua (excellent formula/crappy shade range) with the new Perfection Lumiere. I just HAD to try it today… after I got word that it showed up this morning on the shelves of my local Nordstrom store.

So I went in barefaced and applied it on my all day/oily skin. And WOW is all I can say. It is completely weightless, It goes on extremely smooth, blends all the way out, and sets to a really soft finish. My oily skin had a ‘glow’ — not an oily sheen. And the overall feel of the foundation is pure luxury.

Like Shontay, my color is Amber #94. There are about 4 shades that go even darker than this. This shade is a teeny bit dark for me, but I always correct ‘down’ and the next shade up was too pink.

This stuff sets in SECONDS. And as you can see, it initially sets sheer. I’d say this is a sheer to medium coverage foundation. You can build it a bit, but you can still see skin if you get really close. Overall, I like it. Chanel has made me a believer… and has definitely put the ‘L’ back in Luxury.

Now the foundation does have a smell to it.. something floral. I can’t place it. You might want to be aware of that if you decide to purchase. Fragrance doesn’t bother me, so I’m good. It does fade, but not completely. By the time I got home (about an hour after I put it on), I could still smell it.

But overall, it’s quite lovely. If this agrees with your skin… swatch it and see how you feel about it. I’m sold. This is good.