Saturday, September 29, 2012

Chantecaille Elephant Cheek Shade

Chantecaille has done it again. First they got me with their whale palette, La Baleine Bleue. Then it was the sea turtles. And now--baby elephants! How can one resist? 

If you find you're feeling bad about the splurge, perhaps some of your guilt will be assuaged knowing that five percent of the proceeds will be donated to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Founded in 1977 and based in Kenya, one of the Trust's missions is to rescue and foster young elephants (and other wildlife) orphaned by poachers. 

The shimmer on the elephant is only a fine layer of over spray that will wear off in the first use or so.  


  1. Chantecaille - Cheek Shade: Delight 
  2. Estee Lauder - Pure Color Blush: Peach Passion
  3. MAC - Supercontinental 
  4. Dior - Passion Fruit 
  5. Chantecaille - Elephant Cheek Shade: Fun 
  6. Chantecaille - Cheek Shade: Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille's blushes are a quite a bit smaller than those of the other brands shown above. The Chantecaille pan contains .13 oz of product, while the standard-size MAC blush pan contains .21 oz of product. This is not really a negative for me, as I like Chantecaille's compact and lightweight packaging and I tend to switch blush colors frequently, so even a product as small as this will last me for a long while. 

Let's take a look at the elephant side by side with the sea turtle. The elephant does look somewhat similar--both are warm peachy shades, but there are definite differences in tone, and the elephant has a satin finish, whereas the sea turtle has a shimmery finish. Both have the lovely, soft, and finely-milled Chantecaille texture. 

The swatch below is a more realistic representation of the color. This blush is not a whole lot darker than my skin, which can be a desirable quality in a blush for everyday wear. It doesn't have major impact, but it's what I consider a "can't go wrong" type of shade: easy to apply, hard to overdo, and does a decent job of brightening the face.

The color is natural looking and understated. I have fair skin and this color is subtle on me unless I apply it heavily, which makes me wonder how well it would show up on medium/dark skin tones. I recommend trying it on in person if you have the opportunity.

A view of the elephant sans shimmery coat.

For more swatches and information on this item, visit Best Things in Beauty. There is also an eye palette available that's embossed with the same cute elephant design, reviewed here by Visionary Beauty and here by The Non-Blonde.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lancome Color Design Infinite Shadow: Vibrant Violet

This violet was a gift from an old friend. I don't have a green thumb so I'm surprised it's still alive five years later!

True to its name, Lancome's Vibrant Violet is a colorful, medium-toned violet. Although it looks quite bright in the container, it is more subtle when applied and you can layer it to gradually build up the color intensity to your liking. It is shimmery, but has a soft glow rather than a full-on metallic quality. When I look very closely I can see that it has extremely fine sparkles, but not of the sort that would create any issues with fall-out. Vibrant Violet would be a worthy addition to any violet-lover's collection.


  1. Lancome - Vibrant Violet 
  2. Lancome - Drama 
  3. Urban Decay - Ransom 
  4. Laura Mercier - Violetta 
  5. MAC - Violet 
  6. MAC - Desert Cloud 
  7. MAC - Noir Plum 
  8. Le Metier de Beaute - Plum 

MAC's Desert Cloud Crushed Metallic Pigment 

MAC's Violet Pigment
Some of you may already know that I have a weakness for all things violet and have written in the past about my love of violet fragrances. And as for the color violet...well, there's just something about that perfect ratio of blue to red that makes it a truly stand-out shade among all other purples. 

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Lancome Color Design Infinite Shadow: Endless Purple

Lancome's Color Design Infinité shadow in Endless Purple is a beautiful blackened purple with a slight blue sheen that reminds me of the color of concord grapes and blackberries. This is my current favorite of the three purple shades I purchased. 


Top row: NYX's Deep Purple, Lancome's Zip Me Up
Bottom row: Purple from Guerlain's Les Violets quad, Lancome's Endless Purple


Above is Endless Purple shown to the left of L'Oreal's Infallible shadow in the shade Perpetual Purple. As you can see Endless Purple is deeper and cooler-toned.


  1. Lancome Color Design Infinité - Endless Purple 
  2. MAC - Moth Brown 
  3. NYX - Deep Purple 79A
  4. MAC Mega Metal Shadow - Unflappable 
  5. Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow - Black Velvet 
  6. Lancome Color Design - Zip Me Up 
  7. MAC Pigment - Starless Night 
  8. Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs - Les Violets 
At first I thought Endless Purple was just another average dark purple, but I was surprised to find I don't have anything exactly like it. The closest match I found was NYX's Deep Purple but it is not as blackened or as pigmented, and it lacks the pretty sheen of Endless Purple.

MAC Starless Night pigment - purple sparkles in a black base



9-inch crumb crust (recipe below)
1 can (6 ounce) frozen grape juice concentrate (100% grape juice made with Concord grapes), thawed and undiluted
1/2 cup water
1 package (3 ounces) strawberry flavored gelatin
1 pint softened low-fat vanilla ice cream
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Sweetened low-fat whipped cream
Candied violets

(Makes 8 servings)

Heat 100% grape juice and water to boiling. Remove from heat and stir into gelatin; stir until dissolved. Gradually add ice cream, stirring until melted. Add orange peel. Chill until thickened, but not set (15 to 25 minutes). Spoon into prepared pie shell. Chill until firm. Garnish with whipped cream and candied violets.

Crumb Crust: Combine 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers, gingersnaps or graham crackers, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine. Mix well. Using fork, press firmly against sides and bottom of 9-inch pie plate. Chill 30 minutes or bake at 375°F for 8 minutes and cool before filling.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lancome Color Design Infinite Shadow: Always Fuchsia

Here is a closer look at Lancome's new Color Design Infinité shadow in the shade Always Fuchsia -- a beautiful shimmery magenta with very fine silvery micro-sparkles. I don't own any shades that are exactly like Always Fuchsia, but found a few to compare that were somewhat similar. Although it is much more red-toned, I included L'Oreal's Glistening Garnet just in case anyone who owns that shade is curious about how it compares.

I am a big fan of this type of color (which I like to think of as boysenberry rather than fuchsia), especially for accessories, sweaters and scarves. I also love it for nail polish, particularly in non-metallic form. As an eye shadow, I think it looks great paired with smoky plum, eggplant, chocolate brown, or even copper, gold and bronze, and flatters any eye color.


  1. Lancome - Always Fuchsia 
  2. Lancome - Camisole 
  3. L'Oreal - Glistening Garnet 
  4. Estee Lauder - Lavender Star 
  5. MAC - Satellite Dreams 
  6. MAC - Butterfly Party 
  7. MAC - Mating Call 
  8. MAC - Swish 

If you were going to wear a shade like Always Fuchsia, what other colors would you choose to pair with it? What lip and cheek shades do you think work best when wearing shades like this on eyes? 

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Lancome Color Design Infinite Shadow: Purples

As promised, here are photos and swatches of the three purple shades I purchased from Lancome's new Color Design Infinite shadow range: Always Fuchsia - shimmery magenta with fine silver micro-sparkles, Vibrant Violet - bright, shimmery medium violet, and Endless Purple - softly shimmery cool-toned blackened purple.

For a closer look at Always Fuchsia with more swatches and comparisons, visit this post.
I will also be posting comparisons for the other two shades some time in the next few days. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lancome Color Design Infinite Shadow: Electrifying Sparkle

Hi everyone! I'm sorry it's been a long while since my last post. Life has gotten in the way, as it tends to do from time to time! But today I'm back to share some swatches of a recent purchase: Lancome's new Color Design Infinité shadow in Electrifying Sparkle--a sparkly platinum-olive that belongs to the same color family as shades such as the cult-favorite Erika F. and Chanel's Épatant, among others. The Color Design Infinité shadows are along the lines of Giorgio Armani's Eyes To Kill shadows and L'Oreal's Infallible shadows, which is not surprising, given that both of these brands are part of the L'Oreal Group.

A word of caution: If you already own any of the L'Oreal Infallible shades, I recommend checking your collection before purchasing any of Lancome's Color Design Infinité shadows. I brought home two shades that, once I compared them to my Infallible shadows, I realized were extremely close, if not downright identical, to existing L'Oreal shades. The two I purchased were Extreme Expresso (dupe of L'Oreal's Continuous Cocoa) and Eternal Gold (near-dupe of L'Oreal's Eternal Sunshine). I'm sorry I don't have comparison photos, but I already exchanged them for different shades. I did not purchase any others that I thought might have a L'Oreal counterpart, but there were at least two others that look suspiciously similar to existing L'Oreal shades. The amount of product provided is the same for both: 0.12 oz; however, the price for the Lancome product is $24.50 versus only $7.99 (and sometimes less) for the L'Oreal product. There is no noticeable difference in quality between the two, so unless you prefer the more appealing Lancome packaging, it would be a shame to waste your money unnecessarily.

That being said, there are a few beautiful colors at Lancome that I definitely have not seen from any other brands. (I purchased three additional shades, all purples, which I hope to show you later in the week.) There are currently fifteen shades offered, and although none are quite as complex as some of the gorgeous shades available at Armani, they are still definitely worth a look, especially if you are a fan of this type of loosely-pressed pigment, long-wearing shadow formula.


  1. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner: Skinny Jeans
  2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream: #2 Steel
  3. Chanel Illusion D'Ombre: Épatant
  4. Lancome Color Design Infinité: Electrifying Sparkle 
  5. MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: Modern Pewter 
  6. Lancome Ombre Absolue: Erika F. 
  7. Chanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner: Rose Platine* 
  8. Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Eyeliner: Khaki Platine 
*I'm sorry, I don't know why I chose to include Rose Platine -- it is a great color, but not really comparable, being more of a brownish-taupe rather than silvery-olive!

Electrifying Sparkle next to Chanel's Épatant. The color is similar but Electrifying Sparkle has a smoky base. 

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