I admit I'm a total sucker when it comes to some of the makeup artist-created looks I see online or in magazines. I like to read the list of products used, and inevitably it makes me want to go out and purchase any product I might not already have, even though I might have similar (and probably less expensive) colors in my stash that would create the very same look...When I was trying to decide whether or not to finally buy Chanel's Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle recently, I stopped by Chanel's website to take a look at it on the model and noticed the lipliner the makeup artist used was "Lilirose." Now, this is a color I hadn't ever seen before at my local Chanel counter and I couldn't find any swatches online, but I couldn't resist and went ahead and ordered it unseen. I received it today and am happy to say that it is a perfect match and works better than anything else I've tried with it so far. I hope I will get more use out of Mademoiselle (a color I am decidedly not all that fond of, but now that I've spent the $30 bucks I'm gonna get my money's worth!). Lilirose blends with it so well, there is no discernible line, just a more defined and polished look.
Rouge Coco "05 Mademoiselle" on the left & Precision Lip Definer "19 Lilirose"on the right
Swatches & comparisons with a few other Chanel lip liners:
Here is a simple look using mostly Paul & Joe products. I like the contrast of cool silvery-gray #18 in the crease with warmer beigey-gold #92 on the inner corners. I used #20, a charcoal with subtle flecks of micro-glitter, on the outer corners for definition and Urban Decay's deep black liner Zero on top lashline, with Urban Decay's dark silver Gunmetal on bottom lashline. Lipstick was Paul & Joe's #10, a shimmery nude beigey-gold. Love this color because, unlike some lighter/nude shades, it provides just enough color to warm up the face, but will not clash with a heavier eye look. Paul & Joe's lipliner #04 is a great match for this lipstick--just need to blend it in a bit to avoid any harsh lines. Finished off the look with Nars Luster blush, a highly-pigmented, warm shimmery golden-peach.
And here are some cute chandelier earrings & a bracelet I found on sale at Banana Republic. The bracelet has an interesting mix of silver and gold chains of different styles.
Here's a quick look at the Pink Party Pretty eye palette from Lancome's summer collection.
The shades in this palette aren't especially unique, but they are really pretty and wearable. There is a nice range from light to dark, as well as a variety of finishes. These qualities, along with the convenience of having six coordinated shades all in one place, made this a palette that I just couldn't resist!
Top row, left to right:
- Flower (Sheen)
- Fresh Rose (Sheen)
- Kitten Heel (Metallic), also available as a single in the Color Design permanent collection
Bottom row, left to right:
- Tropiques Glow (Metallic)
- Lounging (Sheen)
- Lava (Shimmer)
(For swatches and a more detailed review, visit Temptaliahere.)
Here's a look at Lorac's Little Black Palette. This is a palette of four baked eyeshadows and a travel-sized eye primer. These are all very shimmery shades, but can be toned down if diffused with a fluffy blending brush or, if you prefer, you can achieve a metallic look by applying with a flat brush or fingertips. Included is a light, neutral champagne that can be used all over the lid or for highlighting, a gorgeous peachy-gold, a warm, orangey-bronze, and a nice, neutral chocolate brown. The peachy-gold shade is almost identical to Lorac's Serenity shadow (shown compared to Jemma Kidd's Vintagehere), but is slightly more peach-toned, than gold. This is my favorite of the bunch.
These shades are all very pigmented, with a smooth texture. I don't use primers often and haven't tried this one yet, but look forward to giving it a go soon. Overall, I really like this palette and think the colors are versatile and work nicely together. The only drawback might be the packaging, which is nice-looking but does take up more space than your average quad. The Little Black Palette is available at Sephora for $32.