FOTD: Pink n’ Purple

This was quick… I had about 20 minutes to do a face, so I picked easy colors and textures to work with:

Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation (301)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphonous Powder
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Vanities Quad:
Shimmer Pink on browbone
Medium purple in lids
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (outer crease/under waterline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
MAC Extreme Black False Lashes Mascara
Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipstick in Iron Maiden

FOTD: Vanities

I FINALLY got around to doing an FOTD… I know it’s been a while. I used the new Chanel Vanities Quad. Once again, that golden purple color is DIVINE. It has officially pulled me away from MAC Trax:

Illamasqua Skin Base (#14 and #15)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Chanel Soho Story Blush
Chanel Vanities Quad:
Shimmer Purple on lids
Dark Purple on outer crease
Shimmer pink on inner corner
Pale Pink on browbone
Clinique Gel Liner on lashline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Taupe on waterline
Chanel Intimitable Intense Mascara (Purple)
Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipstick in Iron Maiden

Chanel Sophisticated Eye Collection: Lagons & Vanities

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: