Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Polish Picks - 2015 Edition

Halloween is almost here, which means it's also time for my annual Halloween polish picks! This year I decided to forego the traditional bright orange shades and went with a celestial night theme, as you may have guessed by the photo above. I hope you enjoy the swatches below and let me which are your favorites or if you've tried any of these before! I've included a mix of new and old shades--a few were limited editions that may be hard to find, while others are new shades from this year's holiday collections.

  1. Sweet Star: silver with multi-tonal shimmer (Chanel, 2014) 
  2. Twilight: dusty plum with purple shimmer (Laura Mercier, 2012)
  3. Nuit Enchante: sheer merlot with burgundy-red shimmer (Lancome, Holiday 2015) 
  4. Extravagant Night: deep purple with gold and violet micro-glitter (Estee Lauder, 2010)
  5. Endless Night: glossy blackened grape (Nars, 2011)
  6. Midnight Rose: dark orchid purple cream (Lancome, 2012)
  7. Midnight: shimmery amethyst purple (Dolce & Gabbana, 2009)
  8. Nuit Merveilleuse: shimmery bright violet (Guerlain, Holiday 2015) 
  9. Lunar Eclipse: sheer vibrant blue glass fleck with magenta shimmer (Orly, 2010)
  10. Into the Night: very sheer iridescent tanzanite blue (OPI, 2012)
  11. Under the Stars: rich navy with blue micro-glitter (Rescue Beauty Lounge, 2008)
  12. Night Porter: shimmery forest green (Nars, 2011)
  13. Center of the You-niverse: black with silver shimmer and black glitter (OPI, Holiday 2015)
Sweet Star, Twilight, Nuit Enchante, Extravagant Night

Extravagant Night, Endless Night, Midnight Rose, Midnight

Midnight, Nuit Merveilleuse, Lunar Eclipse, Into the Night 

Into the Night, Under the Stars, Night Porter, Center of the You-niverse

Thank you for visiting and I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chanel Rose Fusion Le Vernis Nail Colour for Holiday 2015


Rose Fusion ($27, limited edition) is one of three nail colors included in Chanel's new Vamp Attitude collection for Holiday 2015. The other two are the previously released blackened red shade, Vamp, and a new topcoat, Lamé Rouge Noir, which has fine golden flakes in a sheer reddened base.

Rose Fusion is a difficult color to describe. The best I can come up with is that it is a metallic smoky taupe. But actually it is more complex than that. It contains fine pale green iridescent shimmers that give it a lot of sparkle in sunlight. It even seems to have a very weak lavender duo-chrome quality that I can sometimes make out when I tilt my fingers downward, but it is not easily discernible.
Rose Fusion - indoor natural light

I am wearing it here over Deborah Lippmann's All About That Base with Poshe as topcoat. The purple tone shows up quite a bit in these photographs but in person it mostly comes across as a metallic grayish taupe. This polish provides opaque coverage in only one coat, but I used two coats just to make sure there were no uneven spots. As with many metallic formulas, there can be a tendency for visible brush strokes but I didn't encounter any major issues with streaking. A little extra care when applying and a good base coat always help. As of this writing I've been wearing it for two days and have not had any chips.

Rose Fusion - full sunlight
The formula and consistency of Rose Fusion is similar to the 2014 limited-edition shade, Sweet Star. As you can see in the comparison below, they are both opaque metallic shades with sparkly multi-toned shimmers. I would classify Rose Fusion as neutral, but it appears warmer when placed next to the cool-toned silver, Sweet Star.

Comparison swatches - full sunlight 

Comparison swatches - indoor natural light 

My behind the scenes helper, Corsa!
Rose Fusion is a unique shade that fits in beautifully with the other items in the Vamp Attitude collection. It would make a lovely addition to any Chanel enthusiast's collection; however, if you are generally not a fan of metallic or frosty shades you might want to skip this one. I would recommend it as a nice option for those who are looking for something that is festive and eye-catching, yet different than the standard holiday reds and golds that are released at this time of year. Since it is a limited edition shade, if you have your eye on this one I would get it soon before it disappears! 


Friday, October 16, 2015

Chantecaille Protect the Wolves Collection: Patience Lip Chic

Happy Friday everyone! Whew, it's been a hectic week at the office and I am so grateful the weekend is finally here! Today I present to you Chantecaille's Lip Chic in the shade Patience ($36/.07 oz), which is the final piece I purchased from the Protect the Wolves collection for Fall 2015.

I preface this post by saying that I am not a fan of sheer, glossy, balm-like lipsticks. I tend to go for opaque satin, creamy or matte formulas that last for hours and require very little touch up. This is because 1) I am lazy, and 2) I have minor lip lines and it is rare to find a glossy lip product that does not migrate or bleed into lines (not a good look!).

However, I do own a couple lighter-weight lipsticks that I love, such as Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in the shade Interlude and Sonia Kashuk's Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Color in Sheer Pink Lust. Chantecaille's Lip Chic formula reminds me a lot of the Sonia Kashuk, which is a favorite of mine to use when I want a bit of shine without using an actual lip gloss.

Patience is a lovely light, neutral brownish pink that is an ideal complement to the rest of the items in the Protect the Wolves collection. It coordinates beautifully with the smoky eye look that can be created with the Eye Trio and pairs perfectly with the Ella Cheek Shade. The formula is quite sheer, with a pleasant, sweet vanilla marshmallow-like scent, and provides a glossy finish. It feels great on the lips and is not heavy or sticky.

In the swatches above and below, I had applied the color heavily using many layers, but you can still see how my skin is visible underneath in some areas. I would recommend this product as a more "grown up" and longer-lasting alternative to lip gloss. 

Wearing the Protect the Wolves Eye Trio, Ella Cheek Shade, and Patience Lip Chic

This shade is chameleon-like as its tone can easily change from a dusty rose-nude to a warm brown-nude, depending on the lip pencil you choose to pair with it. I used a lip pencil in a light caramel shade for added definition, because I found that on my pale face, this shade alone just didn't provide enough color. The added pigment from the lip pencil made all the difference, and my thoughts quickly changed from mild disappointment to, "Hey, this might just work out for me after all!" 

Patience Lip Chic with MAC's Etcetera Pro Longwear Lip Pencil 

Have you tried any of the products from the Protect the Wolves collection? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments! I am now thinking that I might "need" the Black Forest eye liner to go with the eye trio! As always, thank you for visiting and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Chantecaille Protect the Wolves Collection: Ella Cheek Shade


After splurging on the new Protect the Wolves Eye Trio I figured I couldn't do without the perfect complementing cheek shade from the collection, Ella ($40/.08 oz). Five percent of the proceeds of this item will be donated to Conservation Northwest to support their efforts to protect wolves in the wild.

The powder is embossed with the same beautiful wolf design as the eye trio and is also contained in a refillable compact. Since space is at a premium in my makeup collection, I really appreciate the small size of Chantecaille's blush compacts.

Ella is a lovely muted neutral pink. At first glance I wasn't sure how pigmented it would be, but it actually shows up quite well on my light skin tone (MAC NC20/Bobbi Brown Sand). Ella is the type of shade that should coordinate well with just about any lip or eye look, as it simply gives the appearance of a natural flush and won't compete with the rest of your makeup.

Even the pattern on the box is beautiful! 

Ella Cheek Shade (on the left)

Below is a comparison with a few shades in my collection, which will hopefully give you a better idea of the color. As a sidenote, I noticed while viewing images of this product online that some people have a version that has a metallic overspray, but the version I purchased from Neiman Marcus online does not and neither did the ones they had in stock at the counter. 

  1. Chantecaille - Ella 
  2. MAC - Pinch O' Peach 
  3. Chantecaille - Fun 
  4. MAC - The Perfect Cheek 
  5. Tarte - Celebrated 

I was happy to see that Ella is similar to one of my favorite blushes from MAC, The Perfect Cheek. As you can see, it is just a bit lighter and a tad warmer toned. Tarte's recent limited-edition blush, Celebrated, although not an exact dupe, is also somewhat similar but is even more of a nude tone. Chantecaille's Elephant Cheek Shade, Fun, from a few years ago is lighter, peachier and has some shimmer, whereas Ella is completely matte. 
Left to right: Chantecaille Ella, MAC The Perfect Cheek, MAC Pinch O' Peach, Tarte Celebrated, Chantecaille Fun

Ella should work well for both those with warm and cool skin tones, as I would classify it as a neutral pink. It's the type of shade that you may find yourself repeatedly reaching for whenever you're unsure of what to wear, and the forgiving tone and buildable formula means you can quickly apply without any worries of overdoing it. I foresee Ella becoming a new go-to blush in my stash and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Chantecaille Protect the Wolves Collection: Eye Shade Trio

I recently purchased a few items from Chantecaille's Fall 2015 collection, Protect the Wolves. Today I have to share with you the star of the collection, the Eye Shade Trio ($70). Five percent of the proceeds from the sale of this item will be donated to Conservation Northwest, a group that is actively involved in the restoration and protection of the gray wolf and other wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Beautifully designed makeup and supporting animals--what's not to love? This is the reason Chantecaille has long held a top spot among my favorite brands.
The Eye Shade Trio contains three full-size shadows: 
Midnight: a charcoal shade with fine flecks of silver shimmer.
Timber Wolf: inspired by the warm tan and cool gray tones of a timber wolf's coat, this shade is a shimmery mushroom taupe.
Evergreen: a pearlescent blackened green.   

I love the thought that went into the design of this item. The scene on the palette lid of wolf and forest is enchanting, and the theme continues to the shadows inside, which are each embossed with a pattern of a regal wolf. (I've got to admit it's gonna hurt a little to ruin those three little wolf faces!) 

If the design alone isn't enough to draw you in, just look at that taupe! It's the perfect all-over lid shade. The blackened green is a great addition for an evening jewel-toned smoky eye, and the deep charcoal shade can do double duty as a shadow or a liner (Chantecaille says it is suitable for wet or dry application). Another nice feature of this palette is that it is refillable, and its slim size makes it convenient for travel. 

The handy brush included in the palette is made of what appears to be natural animal hair (why not switch to cruelty-free synthetic fibers, Chantecaille?). It is soft to the touch and will do the job in a pinch, but if you're like me you prefer to reach for your own favorite brushes most of the time anyway. 

I'm not sure if the swatches above adequately display the finish and pigmentation of these shadows--keep in mind I am not using any primer here. Sadly, the pretty emerald-green sheen of the third shade, Evergreen, wasn't picked up well by the camera, but is more noticeable in person. Note that the silvery shimmer you see in the charcoal shade, Midnight, is hardly noticeable in person and seems to be buffed away with the brush as you apply it, leaving behind a basically matte shade.

Wearing the taupe shade (Timber Wolf) all over lid and along bottom lashline

The texture of the shadows is velvety soft and slightly sheer, but buildable. They are somewhat powdery but I experienced minimal fallout. Like many of Chantecaille shadows I've tried in the past, the finish of the shimmery shades is tastefully refined and not overly reflective or metallic. 

Overall, this is a nice little palette that I would recommend to anyone, particularly those who like to wear a smoky eye. I also picked up the beautiful cheek shade Ella from the collection and will be reviewing it soon. I hope to try it out, along with the eye trio, this weekend!