Sunday, 5 July 2015

Dior Summer 2015 Tie Dye Collection: Dior Addict Tie Dye Lipsticks Cosmic Pink & Nude Fever

For those of a sensitive nature please be forewarned that I have committed beauty blogger sin and this post contains photos of used products.....

I held off buying anything from the Tie Dye Summer collection as I've had quite a few regret purchases from Dior so although initial reviews were good, I decided to wait before buying until more reviews came in and I had tested the products at the counter. Suffice to say that I ended up buying a lot less that I had initially wanted.

The Dior Addict lipsticks from this collection feature a new two-tone effect, the Dior "CD" logo is a contrasting colour throughout the bullet and the two shades are meant to create a subtle tie dye effect. Here in the UK we received six shades but some countries only got four (Cosmic Pink and Hypnotic Plum being the two shades not released in every country).

The formula has a creamy feel, there is quite a bit of slip and it feels lightweight and very moisturising. The colours apply smoothly and the two colours within each lipstick mix together evenly, though I don't get what this tie dye effect shenanigans is about as I'm not seeing it.
#004 Cosmic Pink is a pink shade with a touch of mauve and #006 Nude Fever is a beige nude, this is my favourite of the two as unlike a lot of nudes its not warmed toned and does not wash me out (probably as a bit of my natural lip colour seems to mix with this so its not a flat beige).

Coverage wise I'd say these are sheer to medium and lasting time isn't the best, 2/3 hours tops for Cosmic Pink (though this does leave a bit of a stain) and a fleeting 1 hour for Nude Fever.


Whilst the colours aren't earth shattering, they are pretty and its a nice formula. Had Nude Fever lasted as long as Cosmic Pink I would have bought a back up as a good nude is not easy to find. As an aside I find these feel a bit more creamy than the normal Addicts and as the Addict lipstick line is being reformulated later this year it made me wonder if the Addicts in this collection are similar to the new formula coming out.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick

When I first heard of the new Les Beiges collection I immediately thought I'd end up buying the light shade of the Healthy Glow Multi-Colour powder,  however once I swatched it in store I found it looked too pink to be used all over but not pigmented enough to be used as a blush, so instead I left with one of the Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Sticks.

The stick is a nice portable size, good for chucking in your handbag and travelling. It comes in three shades, I bought #22 (£32) which is a coral with a hint of golden shimmer, though it does not look shimmery on the skin.
Swatched below then blended out,

The shade swatches very pigmented but sheers out easily so that you can still see your skin through it.  It has a Somewhat dry texture yet It blends easily on the skin and feels quite light on. What I like is that it does not have a greasy nor tacky feel.
The sheer colour sticks are meant to be replacing the Blush Creme de Chanel, I like both formulas, though find the stick blends easier on the skin.


Though I am not keen on the heavy fragrance, I do like this as its easy to apply, lasts a long time and this particular shade creates a pretty coral healthy flush.

I bought this from Boots.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Bobbi Brown Sandy Nudes Collection: Face & Body Bronzing Duo - Bermuda & Antigua

The recent Sandy Nude Collection featured four Face & Body Bronzing Duos. Two of them verge more towards highlighter/blushes rather than bronzers, Ibiza & Tahiti and the one I bought, Bermuda & Antigua (£34).

Now this is a large product, in the mirrored compact you get 0.74 oz/21g of product and the size is similar to my Tom Ford bronzer as shown below (full sized, not the smaller version released).

Bermuda is a baby pink and Antigua is a bronzey pink. There is some sparkle in Bermuda, I initially thought it might just be the top layer but after multiply uses its still there. Though I would prefer no sparkle, its only noticeable if I look at my face close up.

The shades feel quite smooth, albeit on the dry side. Both shades have good pigment and layer well with one another. The application is not as faultless as my Suqqu or By Terry blushers so I do have to work the product in well otherwise it can look patchy.  As for wear time I get fading after around 5 hours so I don't consider this to last above average.
Swatched below with the colours combined on the right,

Although I bought this as soon as it was released I've been waiting to review it as when I looked at the ingredients I was irked that it contains many things that I would normally avoid for my sensitive, acne prone skin (the pit fall of buying online with brands that don't list their ingredients). Though this has not caused me breakouts it does make my skin feel a bit itchy, so worth bearing in mind for those with sensitive skin.


Overall whilst I'm not enamoured with this, I am enjoying the finished look, I like that you can custom blend the colour to your preference and I find the shades provide an illuminating somewhat sun kissed healthy pink.

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Lancome Belle de Teint Healthy Glow Powder & Shine Lover lipstick

Lancôme has brought out a natural healthy glow look powder. The powder is meant to create a blurring effect, giving the skin a softer look and recreating the glow of healthy looking skin, providing "a radiance boosting effect for a tanned and matte make-up result". The concept is very similar to Chanel Les Beiges.
In terms of shade selection 01-03 are aimed at fairer skins and 04-08 for medium to darker skin. Along the lines of Les Beiges I assume that if you want a more tanned effect then you go a shade or two up from that which matches your skin.

I bought the lightest shade 01 Belle de Rose (£35) which is a matte peachy cream, I've read a few posts saying this shade can be used as a bronzer but as it's incapable of giving the skin a tanned look I think this particular shade should be viewed more along the lines of a setting powder.
The powder has a smooth lightweight texture but is not as smooth as Les Beiges, nor is it as forgiving on dry skin. I find this a bit powdery and heavy in feel, however it's definitely longer lasting than Les Beiges and works better at preventing shine breakthrough. On my pale skin Belle de Rose gives a subtle brightening effect.
Swatched below on the left with Chanel Les Beiges No.10 on the right.


Moving onto the new Shine Lover lipsticks, I bought shade #334 Insta-Rose (£21). The cool toned pink packs more pigment than I was expecting and has a lovely vibrancy.

It has a smooth, slightly balm like texture but without any heaviness. Its not got too much slip and though it feels quite hydrating I find it makes the area feel slightly tight during wear.
I really like the finish of this, its very glossy and luminous, albeit not long lasting, though this particular shade does leave behind a stain.
Swatched below once then three times,


To sum up I think the powder performs well as a setting powder to make makeup last and keep shine at bay, and though there is a slight brightening effect its very subtle. As for the lipstick, though I do like the texture and finish, the tightness during wear prevents me from buying any more of these.

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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Chantecaille Summer 2015: Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo Gardens of Marrakech

For this summer Chantecaille introduces their third Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo. Gardens of Marrakech (£48) contains Crocus, a dusty lavender with a satin finish and Lantern, a golden brown/bronze with metallic finish.

The duo comes housed in a beautiful metallic grey compact with a shimmery C. I was surprised how big the compact was (roughly 8cm by 8cm) and the dome shaped eyeshadows are a good size as well (4g .14oz).

The texture is lovely; finely milled, with a lightweight, silky smooth feel and application. The colours are highly pigmented, blend effortlessly and can be used lightly for a more subtle shimmer/glow effect or layered/used wet if you prefer a more dramatic metal look. Even without a primer I find these do not crease.

I'm not normally a fan of metallic finishes but Lantern is the best I have ever tried. Where it outperforms over metallic shadows for me is that its more refined as it does not accentuate lid lines nor look gaudy on and you can adjust the intensity to allow you to wear the level of metallic you are comfortable with. Its really a stand out shade and I have to admit that I just gazed at it for a while on swatching.

Swatched below dry then damp,

Swatched below dry with Crocus over Lantern

Shown below with the shadows used dry,

Suffice to say I really rate this duo, the colours are interesting and I find the formula faultless.


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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad

Occasionally, I make a departure from the usual neutral/nude eyeshadow territory, so here we have my acquisition of Lavender Lust (£63).
Lavender Lust is a very cool toned dusty purple/lavender palette, the colours do not scream pastel which is often my worry with these types of shades.

The top left is a sheer light pink with glitter, the colour pay off is good for a glitter shade though I do get quite a lot of fall out. The top right is a satin finish medium smoky violet/purple with a slight grey hue, it has very good pigment and is the most creamy/smooth of all four shades. Lower left is a lavender/white with a pink iridescent sheen. Lastly on the lower right a noticeable dryer in feel (though does not look patchy once applied) dark plum with satin finish. Its not quite pigmented enough for me to use as a liner unless I use it wet.

Overall the palette has good pigment, with a mostly smooth texture and the shades do not fade/crease when used over a primer. As a result of the colours being different depths but within the same colour family I find it limited in the looks it can create.

I've had this palette for quite a while now and though I've seen it create very pretty soft to intense purple smokey looks on other blogs, I have to concede that for me this does not work. All I can create is grey/purple murkiness as shown below (notice the glitter fall out).

So its not a love for me and I have to say that I have been going off my Tom Ford eyeshadows quite a bit recently, there is something in the finish of the overall look that it just not sitting well on me.

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Burberry Complete Eye Palette Rose No. 10

Due the the recent Burberry shadow reformulations, I'm not sure what the future holds for the Complete Eye Palettes. Whether they will be reformulated as well or completely replaced I'd thought I'd better get round to this review.

Complete Eye Palette Rose (£40) was originally part of the Spring 2014 English Rose collection but is now part of the regular line up.

It contains a matte dusty clay rose/pink, a soft shimmering/satin taupe with a pink sheen, light shimmery/frosted pink and a pale frosted cream highlighting shade.

Apart from the light pink, which has the same smooth, buttery texture of the Burberry singles, the other shades felt a tiny bit dryer, most noticeably on the deepest shade (though I did not get fall out)  though they still applied smoothly with no problems in blending. Pigment is good apart from the taupe which applies much softer and I feel like there is not enough shade distinction between the lighter two shades.

I can't help finding this a bit too frosty for me. I don't normally equate Burberry with a frosted finish so its a shame the two lighter shades are not more satin. However if you don't mind a bit of frost, the colours work harmoniously to create a delicate shimmery eye look and the deeper rose/pink shade adds an interesting edge.

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