August 14, 2014 Posted in: Subscription Boxes

August Sample Society Box

August Sample Society Box

August Sample Society Box

This is the second box BeautyBar has sent since Allure Editors took over. I always thought the Allure name was just stamped on for marketing purposes. I know a few people un subscribed in the Spring due to a lack of excitement from the boxes, but these past two months have been pretty good! The skincare junkie in me wishes there were more skincare products, but I know I’m in the minority.

Oribe Surfcomber

Oribe Surfcomber

Oribe Surfcomber 2.5 oz 75 ml ($16.98)
I’m kinda over salt sprays. I use them when I need bait of texture for an updo & dry shampoo isn’t enough. I think my hair is too straight & thick to really get any wave from the salt.

Kate Somerville Dilo Oil

Kate Somerville Dilo Oil

Kate Somerville Dilo Oil. 3 ml 0.1 oz ($6.50)
I’m still afraid of pure oils. Squalane I can handle, but a lot of pure oils/products heavy in oils give me milia.

Ciate Polish in Cha Cha Cha

Ciate Polish in Cha Cha Cha

Ciate Mini Paint pot in Cha Cha Cha 5ml 0.17 oz ($8.00)
It’s a cute shade

Jane Iredale Mascara

Jane Iredale Mascara

Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara in Black 3G .1 oz ($8.25)
One of my first SampleSociety boxes way back when had a Jane Iredale Mascara in it. I’m a big fan. It’s hydrating, but not too wet.

Too Faced Melted in Peony

Too Faced Melted in Peony

Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Peony 5 ml 0.16 oz ($8.40)
These are fun! I have Melted Candy (the Sephora shade). They are slightly moisturizing, not a full stain, and the wear isn’t always even. Peony is very bubble gum pink, and not something I would normally wear. I made the mistake of putting it on before googling swatches. So now I’m stuck with it.

Too Faced Melted in Peony

Too Faced Melted in Peony

Total box value = $48.13
Plus I get the $10 off a $50 purchase if it includes a brand from the box. I rarely use this coupon, but I’m running low on my Kate Somerville toner.

August 13, 2014 Posted in: Uncategorized

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August 1, 2014 Posted in: Monthly Faves

July Favorites

July Favorites

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

I rarely use Dim, it turns me a bit peachy, I’ll use Incandescent sometimes as a highlighter, but Radiant is used the most. I love wearing it instead of blush on my cheeks, it gives me that summer glow without looking like I bathed in bronzer :P I originally bought Radiant, and then found out the palette was coming back, so I returned & waited patiently for the re-release. I need to figure out a use for Dim.


Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Whisper Beige

A lovely lady included this in a recent makeup swap & I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. I thought it could be a nude, I’m forever searching for a perfect nude. It’s not, it’s another MLBB, which I love, and it’s soft & cushiony, not tacky or sticky, creamy & hydrating, and lasts for a while.

Mac Sharon Osbourne Lip Pencil in Cranberry

So I don’t go crazy for Mac products, I don’t fall into the hype & 1/2 the time I don’t know what’s being released. Then I saw @Yazmataz swatch on IG of Cranberry & I fell in LOVE! Some people are nude lip hoarders, others go for reds, I love my pinks & corals, but I have a soft spot for MLBB. I’m also not a big lip pencil person, but something about this shade spoke to me. Luckily I was able to score the last one at my Mac counter. During the summer months, I’ve been able to wear it on it’s own, without gloss or balm and don’t experience any dryness. It’s also a great base for the Dior Fluid Stick.

Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer in Park Ave Princess

I’ve been wanting to purchase a foundation stick a few shades darker than my skin tone for contouring for quite some time now. Then there was a good code or perk (or both) at Sephora & I needed something to buy, it wasn’t a total impulse purchase since I’ve been wanting a new contour product for a while and I already use Tate Park Ave Princess (in the Aqualillies Palette) as my main powder contour. This is a very build able product, so it’s perfect for beginners who aren’t ready to go bold. I usually draw lines on my face, buff it in, and then go over it with the powder version. If I want a subtle look, then I don’t finish it with powder. It seems to last most of the day, doesn’t bleed, run…

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum in Light to Medium

Being an active Sephora BeautyTalk member from the start I was lucky enough to score the complete Perricone makeup line. It was a generous gift and & I appreciated the opportunity to try out the products. A few months before that I repurchased the No Foundation Foundation and was disappointed that the formula changed. It never fully dried on me and I was bummed that a HG minimal makeup product didn’t work for me anymore. The Serum foundation is one step above. It’s a little lighter in texture & has more of a powdery/dry finish. It’s not fully matte, and still moisturizes, just not as dewy as the regular Foundation.

July 31, 2014 Posted in: Throw Back Thursday

Tarte Off The Cuff Blush Palette

Throw Back Thursday to last year’s Tarte Holiday Collection.

I get when collections come out early, gives you time to stock up for the upcoming season & purge your stash. BUT, I think holiday collections need their own time frame, like AFTER Halloween maybe? By the time most people knew about this palette, it was long gone! :(

I scored this puppy when she first came out in September, no thoughts, no questions, just a simple “she is mine”. Now almost a year later, I probably used her only once or twice. However, I’m not parting with her, I love her! I just have so many other blushes in rotation right now. Also, due to it’s simplicity, I use the Tarte Aqualillies palette 99% of the time I do my makeup. So maybe if this palette had a highlight shade, then I might use it more ;)

Overall, I’m a big fan of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blushes. I’m not too picky with blush, I usually stick to corals, Nars Orgasm has been a long time HG for me. I find the Tarte blushes aren’t too chalky, blend nicely, last a while…

The glitter sparkle cover is so pretty! We have a no glitter rule in the house when it comes to decorations & such. Luckily, this doesn’t transfer/fallout :P

I’ve actually worn the cuff a few times. It’s wide enough that I can wear it on it’s own and isn’t too cheap looking.

(L-R) Crave ~ Dazzled ~ Darling ~ Doll Face ~ Park Ave Princess

January 18, 2012 Posted in: Reviews

Mac Ice Parade Brush Sets Review

I’m not MAC obsessed like some makeup hoarders are… My MAC collection is pretty small. I bought my first MAC lipglass in “Explicit” when I was in High School, and I keep buying the same one. But they are nothing special, and they are rather sticky. I own a few paint pots (4), and 2, 15 pro palettes. I stay away from anything that touches my face, because they all break me out. I also own 4 eyeshadow brushes and love them. I would purchase more brushes, but I like all my other brushes, and don’t see a need to buy more right now. I admit, I love looking at all the new SE items, I ooh & ahh over swatches, and debate if I really need a product or not. Reason being, some items are just so over hyped. My go to blog for anything new is Temptalia. Christine always does a really good job on giving her honest opinion about a collection & her swatches are to die for.

What really caught my eyes from the 2011 Holiday Collection were the Make It Perfect Brush Kits. They were cute, glittery, relatively affordable, small, did I mention cute & glittery? I’ve been searching for a travel brush set for quite some time, and was ready to order a full Sigma kit just for traveling ($149 for FULL sized brushes). In the past MAC’s holiday brushes can be a little eh. They are machine made, and just aren’t the same quality. However, I believe they did a much better job on these than they have in the past (Are they finally listening to all our complaints?).

Each kit is $49.50 and includes a cheap, clear, plastic bag- I hate the bag, and am now on a hunt for a roll bag (I might just have to make my own). The plastic is stiff, and that silver circle that is plastered all over this collection is just ugly. It’s supposed to resemble a snow globe, and looks cute on the eyeshadow palettes, but the plain silver circle on the bag is a little tacky. I won’t store my brushes in them, because I hate it when my brushes touch, and I can image the bag being a pain to clean.

The handles on the brushes are short, but fat. I find I don’t struggle too much with application when using them. I was most nervous about the 217 SE, but found I could tight-line just fine with it. I use the Guerlain Meteorites Brush almost daily, so I’m used to buffing with a short handled brush. Some took more getting used to than others, but it’s nicer to travel with a larger variety of short-handled brushes, than fewer long-handled brushes.

I have washed all the brushes 3x, and have experienced minimal shedding, and no bleeding. The Mineralized collection sheds slightly more, but they are all duo fiber brushes, and most duo-fiber brushes shed more.

MAKE IT PERFECT BRUSH KIT: SPECIAL EDITION
I bought this kit in early November, right when the collection first came out. I went to Nordstrom, and wanted to see all the brushes for myself, but of course MAC has them behind a GIANT globe. (RED FLAG alert… I think to myself “maybe these brushes are like the rest of the holiday kits, they don’t want us to feel them before we buy them”) I talk with the S.A. and she confirmed that they are mass produced by a machine, as opposed to being handmade like their standard brushes are. They do however use the same fibers as their full size counterparts. After much staring at the snow globe, I finally decided I would get the most use of this particular set. Since it includes 3 brushes for the eyes and 2 for the face, I figured it had everything I needed to try out this set.

 

- 167 SE (full face brush)
I normally apply my CHANEL cream-to-powder foundation with a stippling brush, but the 167 SE can replace it when traveling. It doesn’t pick up too much product, and buffs nicely. It works well with pressed and loose powders, but too dense for finishing powder.

 

- 168 SE (angled blush brush)
Great for cream or powder blushes, also applies bronzer evenly. It’s larger than my regular contouring brush, but I’m getting used to it.

 

- 239 SE (eyeshadow brush)
I have the original 239, and it does the job well. I’m rarely disappointed in a standard shader brush. Some perform better than others, but most will let you tap your shadows on with limited fall out.

 

- 217 SE (blending brush)
It’s almost identical to the original 217; perfect for applying shadows to the crease, or for blending shadows. Hopefully I can get used to the 226 SE or 286 SE for blending and keep this one strictly for crease application.

 

- 212 SE (flat top eyeliner brush)
A little thicker than what I’m used to, but was still able to tight-line & apply gel on my water-line. It took some getting used to, but I’m OK now. It skips a little, but I think I just need some practice using a thicker flat top.

 

MAKE IT PERFECT BRUSH KIT: ESSENTIAL
My least favorite of the 3 sets. I really think I bought it just to have a “complete set”. Maybe it’s because I don’t use a traditional foundation brush, or a large brush for blush? It’s not that they are bad, I just need to play with them some more.

 

- 129 SE (blush brush)
I use this for finishing powder, or if I’m applying a light dusting of bronzer all over my face. It’s softer & less dense than the 167 SE. I prefer smaller brush heads for blush application, I have a small face, and there is no need to have blush on the whole side of my face. For me, the smaller the blush brush, the better.

 

- 190 SE (foundation brush)
Ever since I discovered the wonderful world of stippling brushes, I haven’t used a foundation brush in at least 5 years. I rarely use a liquid foundation & when I do, I just apply a pump on the back of my hand and dip a stippling brush in it. I have no other use for this brush; the only thing I can think of is blending concealer or applying primers?

 

- 275 SE (angled eyeshadow brush) 
It’s not dense or long enough for the crease, but I can make it work if I have to. It doesn’t replace a shader brush, or a crease brush. I’ve heard of some people using the 275 for concealer application under the eye and around the nose, and for contouring the nose. I’ve never tried contouring my nose until a few weeks ago, and now this is my favorite brush for it. I never realized how much of a difference your makeup looks when you contour your nose.

 

- 266 SE (angled eyeliner brush)
I really like angled liner brushes. It’s easier to do a one sweep line than it is with a flat top brush. I can make perfect winged looks with my gel liner; it doesn’t skip, and picks up the right amount of product. It also works well for filling in my brows. I admit sometimes when I’m in a rush I just use a shader brush for my brows, but the 266 SE, does a much better job.

 

- 226 SE (tapered crease brush)
It’s a good multitasking crease brush. It’s a little stiff and scratchy, but not dense; I prefer more dense crease brushes. The 226 brush has been out on LE on and off throughout the years, and it always sells out quickly. I don’t get what all the hype is about; it’s a decent crease brush, but I prefer the 217 or 222.

 

MAKE IT PERFECT BRUSH KIT: MINERALIZE
I really wanted this kit just for the large stippling brush. It’s how I apply my cream foundation, or buff when I use the Dior Skin Air Flash Foundation. This set only has 4 brushes, but the price is the same because they are all duo-fiber. In general duo-fiber brushes shed more than single-fiber brushes. These do shed a bit, but not the point where I can’t stand the brushes.

 

- 187 SE (large duo-fiber stippling brush)
Perfect for applying cream foundations. I know a lot people like to use a large stippling brush for blush or bronzer, but I don’t. It spreads out too much on my small face, so I keep the larger stippling brushes strictly for foundations. It doesn’t replace my Sephora professional stippling brush, but it does the job well for traveling.

 

- 130 SE (small duo-fiber stippling brush)
This brush is perfect for blush, bronzer, or highlighter. It applies cream blushes nicely, and it was actually my first time using a stippling brush with my highlighter & I really liked the finish it gave.

 

- 286 (duo fiber tapered blending brush)
A little denser than the 217 SE- This is definitely a brush for bolder looks; the 286 will erase harsh lines, without blending the shadows too much together.

 

- 282 (duo fiber shader brush)
Slightly larger than what I’m used to for a shading brush. So far I’ve been using it for applying paint pots, but it is wide so I have to be careful when applying. I find my shadows crease too much when my paint pots reach my crease, so this brush is not my favorite for them.

 

 

I think its personal preference on which kit is best for whom. I really wish the set included a pencil brush instead of the 282 SE duo fiber shader brush, because I use those a lot for lining, or making the crease more dramatic.

I won’t be using them at home regularly, except for practicing with the few that I’m not used to. Overall I think they are great for traveling. For me the Special Edition is the winner, but most go for the Mineralize because of the stippling brush. I’m glad I have all 3, and that I finally have a decent travel set. Now if only I can find a proper home for them in my suitcase. Since the handles are short & fat, they won’t fit in a standard brush roll. I’m thinking of getting the iron-on, no-sew hem tape and some fabric & see what I can create.

Only time will tell how long they will last. I’ve heard some horror stories of past holiday brush kits, and I don’t think these fall in that category… *fingers crossed*

January 18, 2012 Posted in: weekly roundup

Weekly Roundup 1/7-1/14

Of course the week I decided to start a weekly post, I get sick. :( Some people, like my boyfriend, can function when they’re sick as if nothing’s wrong… NOT I! I’m a total waste! I mope around the house, I whine, and try to cook things I shouldn’t. In my defense though, I did have excruciating sinus pressure for 3 days straight. It was so bad one day I couldn’t move my head for hours. I fell a few times (combo of not eating, low blood pressure, and the headache), luckily no injuries. So overall my week pretty much sucked.

- Most used makeup product: EOS lip balm in lemon. It was the only thing I wore all week besides moisturizer.

- Fave song: “Whipping Post” by The Allman Brothers Band. I listened to a lot of mellow music this past week, and this song always makes me feel good for some reason. Not sure if it’s the beat or the melody or even the lyrics.

- Currently reading: Just finished reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead 2 weeks ago, and haven’t started a new book yet. I’m thinking of starting Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck tonight. It’s the first book in the Tiger’s Curse Saga & looks really interesting.

- Fave app: Slingo! Such a fun addicting game that I can play for hours. If you liked the AOL game back in the 90′s you’ll love the updates in the app version. They have classic mode, daily challenges, and supreme. Supreme is packed with bonuses and power ups. LOVE IT!

- Something new I learned: Basically America throws out 263013699 pounds of food daily! SAY WHAT?!?! I watched the Food Network show- “The Big Waste” which had chef’s Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli cook meals with only wasted food. I was shocked at how much food restaurants and super markets are throwing out daily.

- Tastiest meal I cooked: Soup! I love making soup when I’m sick. It’s relaxing and kills a few hours. I normally make chicken based soups from scratch, but had a few hurdles to overcome this week. I hate using store bought stock, but didn’t have any chicken thighs with the skin on in the fridge. :( So I decided to try to make a broth with a skin-less chicken breast and a few slices of bacon. I added 2 crushed heads of garlic, an onion, cracked red pepper, a touch of salt, some paprika, and lots of fresh herbs (oregano, parsley, dill, basil, thyme…); you know all the good cold-fighting properties. Surprisingly the bacon made the broth supper smooth, I now found a new secret ingredient for my soups.

- Best thing I read from another blogger: Louis Vuitton is launching a new fragrance. Katherine Gould wrote on  http://www.bloginity.com  that we can now smell like the iconic bags. Well we won’t smell like the bag exactly, but we well smell lovely and feel a bit more luxurious. I can’t wait to see the packaging.

- Weekly high moment: I sneaked a peak at my new town house. We’re a few weeks away from closing & I’ve been dying to see how the kitchen turned out… I’m so in love! I was really nervous that the granite we picked would be too dark, and the egg shell cabinets would look too blah. The master bath is done, and our floors just need to be put in upstairs. So excited to finally move into our new home!

- Weekly low moment: Being sick… Actually I attempted to bake the other day. I’m so not a baker; I don’t know what I was thinking. I tried for something simple & of course I ruined it. I had limited ingredients (think 1 egg) so I searched around on the net and found a “simple” looking peanut butter cookie recipe. The recipe was something along the lines of a jar of PB, an egg, some brown sugar, some regular sugar, and some vanilla mixed and spooned on a cookie sheet. My cookies turned out to be dried peanut butter. No lie! They crumple as soon as you pick them up.

November 18, 2011 Posted in: Uncategorized

Preview of Sephora’s Black Friday Deals…

So Sephora decided for today’s “Fan Friday” they will show a little sneak peak of their Black Friday deals.
They have 10 items (some sets) for $10 each. This is great because some of them are valued at $30 and up.
I don’t think I’ll be picking anything up (F&F & the VIB event drained my wallet too much), but I might pick up a gift or two. This is the time to pick up your Secret Santa gifts with the awful $30-$50 spending limit. In my eyes I don’t care what the value is. If I got it for free or discounted, I can keep going ;)
Like most Black Friday deals, it’s a one day sale, but I’m sure they will sell out fast.
See them all on their  FB Page

October 27, 2011 Posted in: Personal

Had to share this…

Beauty Tips
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone..
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand… you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

Bigi Monster

October 6, 2011 Posted in: Monthly Faves

September Loves

I know everyone has been saying it, but September really flew by. I think my problem is, Summer doesn’t end until Labor Day, and September doesn’t really start until Labor Day, even if it’s a week in, like this year. I have a short list for September favorites, since I counted my August favorites up to Labor Day. Once Football season begins, I turn into a couch potato on the weekends, and I haven’t been able to return to work yet, so I only have 7 favorites for the month of September.

 

CHANEL- Teint Innocence Cream to Powder Compact Foundation SPF 10

This has got to be my HG foundation, that I just discovered 9 months ago. I never could find the right foundation for my skin. Liquid is a little too heavy for everyday wear, and powder is too light. My skin is on the drier side, so I was always on the hunt for a cream-to-powder that would last, not cake, and look natural. My mom started using this foundation, and loved it. Since we have similar skin, I figured why not give it a try. I was very skeptical at first, and was waiting to be disappointed, as always. One day, turned into 1 week, which now turned into 98 months. I recently hit pan on my first compact, and am now on my second. That’s right… one compact lasted about 8 months. I love the creamy texture of it, the way it glides on with a stippling brush, easy touch ups, and it’s very build-able without caking. It only has SPF 10, so I use a moisturizer with higher SPF before applying. I normally don’t wear primer with it (only for big events) and it doesn’t settle in lines. It’s medium coverage, so I still need to use my MUFE concealer over it in certain spots at times, but for everyday wear, it’s perfect.

 

Too Faced- Lip Insurance Lip Primer

I’m all about bold lips right now; purples, oranges, bright pinks… What good is a bold lip though, without primer? I’ve tried foundation/concealer, and it changes the color of the lip product a bit (especially when wearing orange). Lip liner can only do so much, and it’s a bit drying. I apply this while I’m doing my eyes, so it has time to absorb. Once it’s set I like to apply a sheer lip stain, liner, and then color of choice. My lip products don’t feather or budge, and it’s packed with Vitamin E, s they stay hydrated.

 

Stila- All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Cat and winged eye liner looks are all the rage right now. I love my gel liner, and creamy pencils, but they aren’t the easiest to work with when trying to create one of these bold looks. I don’t have the steadiest of hands, so liquid liner brushes tend to be an enemy of mine. I walked around Sephora one day with one of the sales ladies and kept swatching my hand over and over with different liquid liners. I quickly learned that felt tip markers are easier to work with than a brush, I also learned that if it’s not waterproof, it will run, and cause raccoon eyes.  So after about an hour, i finally picked the Stila. I still need to use my gel liner to tight-line, and on my waterline, since it is a liquid, but the end results are gorgeous.

 

Sephora- Duo Eyelash/Brow Comb

I have about 6 different eyelash combs. One in my wallet, my makeup bag, my boyfriend’s car… There is nothing more annoying that a tiny eyelash getting rubbing against your eye ball AFTER you’ve spent 20 minutes on a smoky eye!!!!!! I actually use the brow comb to fix those tiny lashes without messing up my mascara. The eye lash comb is perfect for separating lashes after applying lash primer, or after mascara; as long as the lashes are still wet.

 

L’Occitaine- Shea Butter Hand Cream

When I used up the last possible drop of my beloved Clarins hand cream, and couldn’t find the smaller bottle anywhere, I was heartbroken! I needed to find a small, easy to use bottle, that fit in my purse. Somehow I stumbled upon the L’Occitane shea butter hand cream, and was impressed. I found it a little greasier than my Clarins, but the light scent of almonds and coconut is winning me over.

 

Givenchy- Phenomen’Eyes Waterproof Mascara

Don’t let that little ball scare you, it’s amazing! It separates, defines, curls, and gets all those itty bitty lashes in the corner that are so hard to get with a regular wand. I’ve been using their mascara since it came out 2 years ago. I’ve tried all the versions, and was ecstatic when I heard about the waterproof version. I prefer waterproof mascara, because you never know what life might throw out you; rain, snow, happy tears, or onion cries while cooking. That being said, a lot of waterproof formulas, just aren’t that great, well they suck. The volume and curl just isn’t the same, probably why I love the Givenchy so much. It’s not really waterproof, more like water-resistant. Can’t go swimming in it, but it doesn’t budge with light tears, or rain. Double this mascara with a lash primer, and you will have “Phenomen’Eyes”!!!!

 

Urban Decay- Brow Box

My two biggest pet peeves when it comes to eye makeup are; not tight-lining and unfinished brows. Non tight-lined eyes look strange, and so do unfinished brows. I’m known to skip a threading appointment every once in a while, but I always fill-in my brows. It brings the look together. Sometimes I use a matte brown shadow, or an eyebrow pencil (those can be too precise and heavy though), but they are almost always done. I love this little box UD put together. It comes with 2 matte shades, and angled application brush, tiny tweezers, and wax. I find the brush to be a little stiff, so I only use it when traveling, but the tweezers surprisingly work well. The two shades are a contrasting in color, so it takes a little time to achieve the desired look. What I love most about this box (besides the portability) is the wax. I’ve only used brow gel before, and hate how hard and shiny my brows end up. This wax is perfect for keeping the hairs in place, without looking like you have anything on them. I just wish they cut down on the amount of wax, and added a brow comb, then little box would really have everything.

 

~ All of these items I purchased myself at Sephora, or Nordstrom. Some of these items can also be found at your Department Store beauty counter, Ulta, or the brand’s websites. These are my honest opinions on the products, they all work well with my skin, but you may not get the same results.

October 4, 2011 Posted in: Reviews

Ombres Perless de CHANEL

I love going to the CHANEL counter and checking out all their LE items. On my most recent visit, i was eyeing the new Illusions d’Ombres de CHANEL, and I also spotted the Ombres Perless de CHANEL left over from the Spring 2011 collection. When the woman at the counter told me they only had one left, I instantly went into impulse but mode. I swatched them real quick, and was sold!


Product - Ombres Perlees de CHANEL
Part of the Spring 2011 LE Led Perles de Chanel collection. Includes 5 iridescent buttery powder shades. Similar to a cream-to-powder, but more powdery, a bit heavier and moister than a pressed powder. The shades include; white pearl, pink, deep purple, green-gray, and black pearl.

Ease of use 4/5
Because of the texture, these actually go on best with fingertips. I tried using a few different brushes, but the easiest was using my fingers, even for blending. The pink shade is very light, and needed to be applied a few times to achieve a nice hue. For lining the eyes, no water was needed on my brush, since the texture is already moist- YAY for no wet spots in shadows ;) !!!!

Pigment 3/5
These are frosty shades, and normally frost shadows don’t have a strong hue. They definitely look more vibrant swatched, then on the eyes. Since metallics are in this fall, these shades are perfect to achieve that look at any age, with out being too shimmery. They are soft enough that one could wear them to the office, without looking like you’re still wearing last night’s makeup. They are frosty, not glittery, so there is no fallout. I tried layering them over bolder shades, and the results are beautiful.

Lasting powers 4/5
For a soft shimmer, these can be applied without primer and minimal creasing, however primer really helps bring out the color (especially the pink shade). They are sheer, so don’t expect to see much left after 16 hours.

Packaging 5/5
It’s CHANEL, it’s sleek, light weight, iconic… (do you want me to keep going?) The applicators included, as always, did little for the product- still can’t figure out why companies include them.

Value 4/5
So, $65 for a LE CHANEL palette is not a bad price. Yes, it’s expensive, but it is CHANEL. Overall though, because of the unique texture, and sheer shades, I haven’t seen anything similar- thus the heavy price tag is a bit justifiable.

Closing remarks 20/25
Beautiful shades, unique texture, and easy application make this palette a fall favorite of mine. They are a bit too sheer for my liking, but when layered over each other, or other colors, the colors do finally POP.

Loves
- So easy to apply; perfect for those days when you’re already running 30 minutes late, can’t find your keys, and your hair is still wet.
- I’ll be reaching for this when I don’t want to play up my eyes too much, and for adding some shimmer to a smoky eye.
- Shimmer, with no fallout!

Gripes
- It’s a touch too sheer for my every day looks. I prefer bolder hues, and shades that you can really see.

Repurchase
It’s LE, and will probably last me a long time, so No.

Where can you find it:
- CHANEL counters, if they still have it
- Amazon: Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette Spring 2011 Collection

Talk to me:
Have you seen this palette?
What do you think of the shades?
Would you rock it?

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