CHANEL Glossimers in Calypso and Sirocco Swatches (Summer 2012)

These are a quick swatches of Chanel Levres Scintillantes lip gloss for summer 2012. I haven’t purchased any as I’m not a fan of glossimer formula, but Calypso was certainly tempting.

The summer 2012 collection lipglosses come in two shades:

Sirocco – goldish-beige in the bottle, but completely transparent on the lips. (absolutely not worth the money, imho)

Calypso – red with orange undertones and excellent pigmentation.

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DIOR Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder Swatches

Dior Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder retails for approximately 50 euros. It comes in a round compact with a kabuki brush included.

This is not a pure bronzer – it is a really sheer, bronze tinted powder, that is better to be used as a highlighter. It is sheerer than Chanel’s summer 2012 bronzers.

The powder is divided on quarters and each quarter has the bas relief letter so that is spells the word NUDE. The letters come in two colours (the shades of pink and beige bronze). The quarters are two toned – a lighter and a darker shade of bronze.

There are four shades available:

001 Aurora. This shade is intended for very pale skin and if you don’t mind a bit of shimmer, it could serve as a real bronzer.

002 Sunlight. Slightly darker shade than Aurora.

003 Zenith. Warm, slightly orangey shade.

004 Sunset. The darkest shade in the bunch, a bit too orange for my liking.

Overall, I think I prefer Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel. Dior Nude Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder is too sheer for a bronzer, plus none of the shades would match me well (the closest being Aurora and Sunlight). Also, in spite of the shimmer, it lacks the true glowy quality that Chanel has.

The bronzer is swatched in this order: 001 Aurora swatch, 002 Sunlight swatch, 003 Zenith swatch, 004 Sunset swatch.

CHANEL Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in#907 Sable Beige and #917 Sable Rose Swatch

 

This is the most amazing product and if I already didn’t have any bronzer, I’d get both of them. It is so beautiful that I secretly hope that someone would steal or ruin my other bronzers so that I can have the excuse to buy both of them lol:)

The bronzer comes in a compact which contains 15 grams of product and it retails for 50 euros. The compact contains the brush.

The bronzer consists of 7 narrow stripes in different colours. You can use eacy stripe individually, but you’ll need a very narrow brush to get the right colour.

#907 Sable Beige is a bronze with slightly orange undertones. It doesn’t look orange on skin, but compared to the other shade it is more on the orange side. The stripes vary from different shades of bronze to beige.

#917 Sable Rose is a bronze with reddish undertones. It contains bronze stripes mixed with purplish pink.

Although Sable Beige is supposed to be for darker and Sable Rose for lighter skin, I think that both would work on any skin colour.

I wouldn’t call this a bronzer – it is more a mixture of bronzer and hightlighter. It goes very sheer on the skin – a hint of colour and glow. I wouldn’t use this all over the face like you might use regular bronzer – I’d use it as a bronze highlighter to put the glow on the skin. As it is relatively sheer, it won’t look over the top even on lighter skin and it will look amazing on the darker skin – especially used on the cheeks.

I fell in love with this the first time I swatched it in the store. However, I have more than half of my YSL Poudre de Soleil bronzer and barely touched Guerlain Terracota Blondes Halees (which is very similar to these two bronzers, but a bit more pigmented) and I’m trying to minimize my stash to essentials (Good luck with that, lol) and I don’t want to hoard.

 

DIOR Eye Gloss Swatches (Summer 2012)

Dior Eye Gloss comes in a similar bottle like Dior Lipgloss with the sponge tip applicator. It retails for around 25 euros.

Eye Gloss is a cream eyeshadow, available in four shades and, as far as I know, all of them are limited edition. Don’t expect amazing pigmentation – when you spread the eyeshadow, they are very sheer and they give a hint of colour and a lot of shine. Applying another layer after the first one had dried might deepen the colour, but don’t expect too much.

The shades are:

750 Sunset. Shimmering pinky peach coral.

020 Sheashell. Pearly white shade.

240 Azur. Shimmering baby blue with a hint of turquoise

560 Tan. Shimmering bronze medium dark brown.

The eyeshadow dries very quickly upon application and I think that those with non-oily eyelids won’t complain on the lasting power. I have extremely oily eyelids and I have tested the product only at the counter without a primer and, once applied, it stayed on for three hours without creasing. After five hours, the creasing was very visible.

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YVES SAINT LAURENT Summer 2012 Make-Up Preview

YSL have painted their new make-up collection in spicy, sandy colours. The top picture is my favourite quad from the collection – Pure Chromatics #8 Sand. There are also two more quads available.

I also love the nail polishes: one dirty pinky  beige (from the picture it seems very similar to Chanel Rose Cache) and, of course, the prefect coral pink :)

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DIOR Croisette Summer 2012 Preview

Here are some pictures of Dior Croisette summer 2012 look. There is another quint available – in brown-bronzey gold tones. I admit that I’m tempted to get the quints only because they look nice.

They are also introducing a new member of the Nude family – Diorskin Nude Tan Nude Glow Sun Powder (six shades).

The only product I really like from this collection are the nail polishes.

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CLARINS Summer 2012 Preview

I have found these preview photos of Clarins summer 2012 collection. While the bronzer seems interesting, the only item I’m tempted to purchase so far is Colour Eye Quartet and Liner Palette, especially if the top two golden and purple colours are similar to UD half baked and ecstasy.

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GUERLAIN Terra Azzurra by Emilio Pucci Make-up Collection Preview (Summer 2012).

Guerlain launched a bit atypical summer collection (very unusual shade of blue).

I could not find any of the several previous Guerlain’s collections in Croatia because of the distributors, but I hope that summer collection will arrive.

The bronzer is beautiful, but I already have too much of them, so I’ll let it pass.

What I really want is the coral lip-gloss (but only if it is really pigmented) and both of the nailpolishes.

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CHANEL Ombres Contraste Duo Noir-Ivoire (Holiday 2011) Review and Swatch

Ombres Contraste Duo eyeshadow ($42.00) proves that Chanel can make a decent eyeshadows when they want. What is really funny is that this shades look worse on the photos than in the real life (it is opposite with the mono eyeshadows).

These two shades were swatched with just a light swipe of finger (the mono eyeshadows were packed on for the swatch).

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CHANEL Holiday 2011 Lip Products Review and Swatches

Last week I’ve been bored so I’ve decided to do some swatches and some at-the-counter testing of Chanel Holiday 2011 Collection. I haven’t managed to check all, but this post encompasses all the eyeshadows and the lip products.

I’ve taken the liberty to write the reviews based on my first impression because I believe that if I wasn’t impressed with the product at the counter, I probably won’t change my opinion later.

The products on the top picture are placed in this order. Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Triomphal, Rouge Allure Laque in Empire, Rouge Allure in Famous and Enviree, Glossimers in Sweet Beige and Sparkle d’Or.

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CHANEL Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Beige Lame and Blazing Gold (Holiday 2011) Review and Swatch

Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50) is available in two shades. You should note that both shades look better on the swatch picture than in the real life. I swatched them as I usually swatch the powdery products – with my fingers. These are definitely the most disappointing items in the collection.

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CHANEL Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder Review and Swatch (Holiday 2011)

Last week I’ve been bored so I’ve decided to do some swatches and some at-the-counter testing of Chanel Holiday 2011 Collection. I haven’t managed to check all, but this post encompasses all the eyeshadows and the lip products.

I’ve taken the liberty to write the reviews based on my first impression because I believe that if I wasn’t impressed with the product at the counter, I probably won’t change my opinion later.

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DIOR Garden Party (Spring 2012) Preview

What is a better way to enter December than with an invitation to spring garden party?

Even though it is colour-wise very similar to other spring launches, Dior have this time made a breathtaking collection. This is definitely my favourite (even though I couldn’t pull off most of the colours). I’m definitely getting a Garden clutch in Granville Garden (brown one), maybe even the quint (although I have no idea what could force me to actually touch it – it is even prettier than anything that Guerlain have ever launched).

How do you like Dior Garden Party

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CHANEL Les Harmonies de Printemps (Spring 2012) Preview

Chanel alway offers great make-up collections, although the last holiday collection was a bit boring.

Chanel Les Harmonies de Printemps collection for Spring 2012 is an embodiment of spring spirit, but I’m afraid that this one too will disappoint me when I see it in person. Other than the blush, there isn’t any really eye-catching product.

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GUERLAIN Les Roses et Le Noir (Spring 2012) Preview

Here are the first promo pictures of Guerlain Les Roses et Le Noir make-up collection for Spring 2012.

The collection looks great, but I don’t understand why the promo pictures were released so early.

I have noticed that many brands are releasing the promo photos much in advance (there is also Chanel Spring 2012 preview available). To me it doesn’t seem like a good marketing strategy. I see the pictures, get all excited about the products, make the lemming list but I usually forget all about the collection by the time it has hit the counters. I can believe this had happened, but I have missed several collections for this reason.

But I’ll stop my rant and give you the time to enjoy the collection.

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