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Christian Louboutin Tape a l’Oeil Metallic + Matte Nude Eye Colour

December 7, 2018

Christian Louboutin Eyeshadow Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Christian Louboutin launched new eye shadows in two finishes called the Tape a l’Oeil Metallic Eye Colour and Matte Nude Eye Colour ($50 each for 7 ml/0.23 fl oz). These are eye colors with intense pigment color payoff. I received four colors to test and also purchased two additional shades to review.

Louboutin Tape a l’Oeil Metallic + Matte Nude Eye Colour

Above from left to right: Lola, Zefira, Carnelian, Andalusite, Morganite and Pyrite

The Matte Nude Eye Colour shades come with an oil-based gel formula which goes on like a fluid, dries and sets quickly to a matte finish. I have Lola which is a pale pink peach nude and Zefira which is a deeper brown. These are intended to be skin-matching or contrasted for a brightening or contour effect. I will be frank to say I had low expectations for the matte shades as most fluid or cream mattes tend to look very flat on my skin, but Lola is the best all over base I’ve ever tried. It sets quickly but I only need to dab a little and blend all over the lid for a perfect canvas. Since it is matte I do need to make sure that whatever I layer on top isn’t too dry, slightly creamy powders or shimmers layer nicely on top. These are very opaque and since they dry quickly I recommend blending with a small brush quickly after you dab it on the eyes. Zefira is a deeper brown which I can use as a liner or a soft smokey eye. Since it’s really intense I can blend it out but I have to do so in sheer layers and move quickly. I would like to see if there is a shade one shade darker than Lola, it’s hard to tell online but I have these on my list to check out the next time I’m at a counter.

Louboutin Matte Eyeshadow Lola and Zefira

The Metallic Eye Colours are also excellent. These are intense pigments that have a mix of water and metallic color for a reflective finish. I tried four of the colors which vary slightly in finish. Three of them are more smoother metallics while one has more intense sparkle. Andalusite is a smokey metallic olive green, Carnelian is a beautiful metallic red, Pyrite is the most perfect medium tan gold. The sparkly one is Morganite which I love, it’s a warm pink sparkle. Like the mattes, the metallics also dry quickly so blending fast is key. I can dab and brush with the applicator for Pyrite and Morganite and since they’re lighter in color I can also blend with fingers. The deeper ones require a little more precision so I use the brush applicator and a separate detail brush to blend.

The deeper colors I tested are so beautiful but just not my vibe. I find anything olive or green challenging for me to wear, so Andalusite requires a smokey black or deep brown liner to make it work. Carnelian is one of those stunning reds I cannot pull off, but the color and pigment is really nice though.

Louboutin Metallic Eyeshadow Review

A closer look and swatches:

Louboutin Eyeshadow Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Louboutin Eyeshadow Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Louboutin Eyeshadow Review | The Beauty Look Book

Aside from the steep price the only other downside I see is that the packaging is not super convenient for putting in your everyday makeup bag or for travel. The long spikes are typical of the Louboutin design – ornate like a lavish piece of art or ornament. The long handle is nice to have with application and it felt comfortable in the hand in the width and length. The brush applicator is decent. I like it a lot more than I would have if it were a sponge applicator, but I have individual brushes that I prefer using instead. Still it is slim so it won’t take up too much room if you want to take it with you on a trip.

Out of the colors my favorites are the two I purchased, Morganite and Pyrite. Up first a look at Morganite worn below. Also wearing the Laura Mercier Flawless Foundation in Buff, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder, Lip Color is Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in First Time.

Louboutin Morganite Eyeshadow Look

Louboutin Morganite Eyeshadow Look

Pyrite with some added mascara and liner in the bottom photo:

Louboutin Pyrite Eyeshadow Review Look

Left side is blended, right side has more layered. You can layer more for more pigment and even combine the different colors together for a different (or more complete) look. I try to swatch colors alone so you can get a sense of what they look like by themselves.

Louboutin Pyrite Eyeshadow Review Look

Louboutin Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

Overall I think Louboutin has created some excellent formulas for eye color. They exceeded my expectations formula-wise. Based on the fact that I did not like their mascara that much I though I might have luke-warm feelings towards the eyeshadows as well, but I really like them. I do think that Pyrite has a vibe to other golden tan shades like Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Bette or Marie Antoinette and Morganite looks like Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Cream Shadow in Golden Pink on me, but the Louboutin formula is different. Since it’s more of a fluid with metallic pigments it stays put on the skin significantly longer on me. Once it sets and dries I feel like it’s budge-proof on me. The shimmer is also a little more intense without being too glitzy. For the holiday season I think long-wear makeup you don’t have to worry about moving through long parties or events is a must which make both of them worth the splurge for me.

Performance and quality wise I give these a solid A+ but I do think you can get a similar effect with other cream shadows out there. Granted they might not be the same formula-wise as I do think the fluid texture is unique. I do think some of the colors can be duped – maybe not the red one, it does seem rather unique to me for a cream/fluid product.

You can find the Christian Louboutin Tape a l’Oeil Metallic + Matte Nude Eye Colour available now. There are six metallics and six mattes to choose from. Available at Christian Louboutin, Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

Lola, Zefira, Carnelian and Andalusite gifted. Morganite and Pyrite purchased by me.

 

Eye Makeup NARS

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

November 29, 2018

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette review + swatches | The Beauty Look Book

NARS just launched a new eyeshadow palette today called the NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette ($59 for 0.05 ox/1.2 g x 12, made in Canada). It’s available exclusively at Sephora.com and NARS online for now, expected to launch in stores on 12/10/2018. I have a look plus swatches of this palette today!

NARS Ignited has a mix of mattes, shimmers, glitters and intense sheen shadows. It think it’s very much on trend with the pink and red eyeshadow colors that are “in” right now. If you already own a lot you may want to shop your stash. I find it similar to the Urban Decay Naked Cherry but the NARS Ignited Palette has more intense shine and sparkle with the shimmer shades. They have that same unique finish as some of their hardwired shadow singles.

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette review + swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Colors all have really phenomenal pigment in this palette. I appreciate that especially since not all previous NARS palettes have had consistently good pigment or color payoff across all shades. The colors as I see them are:

  • Hammamet 1 is a soft peach tan matte
  • St Paul de Vence 1 is a satiny warm peachy pink with a sheen
  • Light Up is a glitzy pale pink
  • Atomic glittering pale pink
  • Sophia matte neutral brown
  • Supernova shimmery warm pink
  • In Heat duo chrome shimmering mauve
  • Ignition sparkling pink with glitter
  • Noumea matte warm brown
  • Fired Up shimmery red pink
  • Fuse sparkling glittery purple
  • Pointe Noir shimmery deep plum sparkle

 

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette review + swatches | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette swatches | The Beauty Look Book

I believe all the mattes in this one are available individually, the shimmers all look new to me. There will be some fallout with application on the sparkles when you apply, but once on the lids they stayed put all day without any budging. I did not need to use a shadow base or cream shadow stick to make them adhere although adding one will help if you have dry lids.

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette | The Beauty Look Book

Larger swatches:

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette swatches | The Beauty Look Book

This is the same size compact and pan size as last year’s NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette. The mix of textures and finishes is similar but color scheme is different. I have a side by side of the palettes below but could not fit them all on one arm to swatch side by side. I swatched them last year and the colors are a lot warmer or more neutral while this years’s NARS Ignited is more pink and plum.

NARS Ignited vs Wanted Eyeshadow Palettes

A quick look below. I’ve already lost my tan in the past week or so and have lightened a full shade, I used to wear the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Vanuatu, I’m now Punjab*. Wearing the Foundation in Punjab, Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger, Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Soft Brunette, Ignited Eyeshadow Palette*, NARS Climax Mascara*, NARS Hot Tryst Cheek Palette* in Swindle and Untamed mixed on the cheeks, NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Roseland on the lips.

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette review

One last look:

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette review + swatches | The Beauty Look BookOverall solid performance for color payoff, pigment, smooth finish and lasting power. It has some beautiful finishes for the shimmers that have intense sparkle but apply nicely without having fall out after it sets. That being said I think it’s very similar to a number of other palettes out right now. I love more neutral tones so between Ignited and Wanted I prefer the Wanted, but they are different in overall undertone and color scheme. If you already own Urban Decay Naked Cherry I think you’ll find this one very similar. A quick look at both shows that NARS Ignited has more intense shimmer and pigment with the sparkles while the Urban Decay has softer shimmers. The one for NARS has more of a wow factor with the glitz and sheen, but it’s not too intense that I felt uncomfortable wearing it. It’s beautiful for sure – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed because it’s easy to wear and quality is on point, but check your stash to see how many pink/plum palettes you have if you’re concerned about dupes.

You can find the NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette available exclusively at Sephora.com and NARS online for now, expected to launch in stores on 12/10/2018. If you’re shopping at Sephora they’re having their Holiday Hooray event now for Rouge! Details and codes are as follows, offer is a one time use:

  • Rouge Members November 29 through December 12 receive $25 off $75 purchases or more with code 2018HOORAY
  • VIB Members November 30 through December 12 receive $20 off $75 purchases or more with code 2018HOORAY
  • Insiders November 30 through December 11 receive $15 off $75 purchases or more with code 2018HOORAY

What do you think about the palette? Do you like pink tones for eyeshadows?

 

NARS palette provided for review. Additional press samples have a * next to them.

 

Chanel Eye Makeup

Chanel Black Friday Exclusive: Legerete et Experience

November 22, 2018

Chanel Legerete Et Experience Eyeshadow Quad Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

This year Chanel’s Black Friday Exclusive is a special limited-edition Les 4 Ombres in Legerete et Experience ($61 for 2 g/0.07 oz) and I’m thrilled to share a sneak peek today. It officially launches on Black Friday but Chanel has offered my readers early access through this link. This is an all matte eyeshadow quad with four light-textured smooth shades with medium buildable pigment. There have been a few matte variations of the eyeshadow quads and they are among the smoothest mattes I’ve tried. The Black Friday Exclusive Creation in Legerete et Experience comes encased in a slightly different compact. Instead of the classic white CC the black compact has a deep classic red to match the vibe of the quad. Colors include soft warm tones with a medium peach, soft camel beige, matte deep reddish brown and a medium soft brown.

Chanel Legerete Et Experience Eyeshadow Quad - Les 4 Ombres | The Beauty Look Book

A look at the compact:

Chanel Legerete Et Experience Eyeshadow Quad - Les 4 Ombres | The Beauty Look Book

Layered together you get a soft peachy pink gradient look with a subtle smokey red-brown. It has the softest texture and feel, pigment is smooth and applied well although I do recommend applying over a base or creamy shadow stick. There’s no fallout, it stays put, doesn’t look dry even though it’s matte. If you gravitate towards warmer shades this one is lovely.

Chanel Legerete Et Experience Eyeshadow Quad - Les 4 Ombres | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Legerete Et Experience Les 4 Ombres swatches | The Beauty Look Book

This new Legerete Et Experience might remind you of another matte eyeshadow quad called Candeur Et Experience. The overall theme and vibe is similar, especially with the two bottom shades but I feel they are different. I bought it as soon as I received the Black Friday quad because I knew a lot of you would want me to compare them for you. I do think they are different enough to justify owning both. The new Legerete Et Experience gives a softer peachy pink look while the Candeur Et Experience has a noticeably deeper brown tone for all the colors.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Legetere Et Experience vs Candeur Et Experience review | The Beauty Look Book

They are all mattes, but they are satiny mattes – the finish isn’t totally flat and there is a very subtle slight natural sheen to them. Swatches taken with a flash so there is a little bit of light reflecting below.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Legetere Et Experience vs Candeur Et Experience swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Look below wearing the new Chanel Black Friday Quad. Also wearing all Chanel including the Sublimage Le Teint Foundation 40 Beige, Les Beiges Multi-Color (2018 version) in Medium to contour softly, Joues Contraste Blush in Foschia Rosa on cheeks, lips have the Rouge Coco Gloss in 722 Noce Moscata and 738 Amuse-Bouche mixed for a muted bright pink. Mascara is the Le Volume Waterproof in Black. Nail polish worn in this post is the Le Vernis in Rouge Puissant.

Chanel beauty look Fochia Rosa, Amuse-Bouche, Legerete et Experience

Chanel beauty look Fochia Rosa, Amuse-Bouche, Legerete et Experience Quad

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Legerete Et Experience | The Beauty Look Book

Overall a solid A+, the texture is smooth, finish is even, pigment is natural but medium with buildable coverage. It’s perfect for a soft gradient eye – just add liner or a cream shadow as a base and mascara and you have an easy polished eye look. I think it’s a versatile one even though it’s warm toned. I highly recommend giving it a look.

The Legerete Et Experience Les 4 Ombres is available exclusively at Chanel.com while supplies last.

Many thanks to the Chanel beauty team for providing an early sneak peek and my readers early access!

Eye Makeup Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Labs Opulence Collection Holiday 2018

November 3, 2018

Pat McGrath Opulence Collection Holiday 2018 Review | The Beauty Look Book

The Pat McGrath Labs Opulence Collection Holiday 2018 is the most glamorous beauty launch I’ve seen all season. Nobody does it quite like Pat McGrath! There are three new limited-edition MTHRSHP Palettes ($55 each for 6 shades for 12 g/0.42 oz, made in USA) along with repromoted MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38 each for 4 g/0.14 oz) in corresponding colored packaging pink sapphire, aquamarine and ruby. I’ve put everything to the test for the past week and the entire collection is solid. As usual she has a number of different sets and bundles available on her website, usually at a price break rather than ordering items individually.

With the lipsticks she has Flesh 3 in each of the packaging colors and then two other repromotes with each corresponding packaging. Colors in the launch include:

  • Aquamarine packaging:
    • MTHRSHP Subliminal Eyeshadow Palette in Dark Star
    • MatteTrance Lipsticks in 1995, Flesh 3 and Guinevere
  • Ruby packaging:
    • MTHRSHP Sublime Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Temptation
    • MatteTrance Lipsticks in Omi, Flesh 3 and Elson
  • Pink Sapphire packaging:
    • MTHRSHP Subversive Eyeshadow Palette in Metalmorphosis
    • MatteTrance Lipsticks in Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love

Pat McGrath Opulence Collection Holiday 2018 Review | The Beauty Look Book

The Pat McGrath Opulence MTHRSHP Palettes are on the bolder side but still very wearable, even for my neutral-loving self. I put each one to the test for separate full days and found they all performed well. Colors have a variety of finishes and textures. Pigment is intense and application is smooth! The shades layer beautifully together. In general I find her 6-pan MTHRSHP Palettes better than her 8-pan palettes for me because they’re easier to use and don’t have the super glitzy glitters that are so popular but challenging for me to wear. Some of you e-mailed me that you were disappointed in her latest Mothership V Bronze Seduction because of the glitter. The sparkle is indeed very intense there. With the MTHRSHP Palettes there aren’t any strong chunky glitter shades, although there are sparkles. The sparkles are more refined.

The MatteTrance Lipsticks are among my favorite lipstick formula, especially for mattes. I’ve had numerous chats with friends about these and they all agree that these lipsticks are THE best for mattes because they’re so opaque, feel light and whipped on the lips, but give full smooth coverage without drying or making your lips look shriveled. I think they’re 100% worth the price – I’ve bought many on my own. No regrets with any of them.

Opulence: The Collection in Aquamarine

I’m splitting the photos and swatches by color grouping. Up first are the items in the turquoise packaging including the MTHRSHP Subliminal Eyeshadow Palette in Dark Star and MatteTrance Lipsticks in 1995, Flesh 3 and Guinevere.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Subliminal in Dark Star and MatteTrance 1995, Flesh3 and Guinevere

The first palette I tested was the MTHRSHP Subliminal Eyeshadow Palette in Dark Star – I thought this was the most interesting combination for a cool and warm smokey eye. I tend to avoid cooler tones as they often clash with my olive skin but this one was my favorite in the bunch. The mix of gold, grey, plum and violet blue make for such a pretty eye look.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Subliminal in Dark Star review | The Beauty Look Book

Colors include:

  • Entice is a sparkling champagne with flashes of pink and opal
  • Deep Space is a soft matte dove blue grey, it’s matte but the flash added a subtle sheen to the swatch photo
  • Enraptured is an antique sparkling gold metallic
  • Dark Matter is a deep satiny black
  • Metroplis is a shimmering plum
  • Interstellar is a glistening violet blue iridescent sparkle with tiny flecks of micro glitter

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Subliminal in Dark Star swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The Opulence Aquamarine Packaging MatteTrance Lipsticks in 1995, Flesh 3 and Guinevere are all repromotes. 1995 is a neutral-cool nude pink with hint of mauve, Flesh 3 is a deep rose brick (on me it pulls reddish) and Guinevere is a matte crimson red. They’re matte but not flat. As usual I take all my photos with a flash because the colors pull better when I use the flash, but it adds a bit of sheen/shine to the finish.

Pat McGrath MatteTrance 1995, Flesh3 and Guinevere review, holiday 2018

Pat McGrath Holiday 2018 MatteTrance Pat McGrath MatteTrance 1995, Flesh3 and Guinevere swatches

 

Opulence: The Collection in Ruby

Next are the ruby packaging items MTHRSHP Sublime Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Temptation and the MatteTrance Lipsticks in Omi, Flesh 3 and Elson.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime in Bronze Temptation Review, Matte Trance in OMI, Flesh 3 and Elson

I would say there’s a two-way tie between the blue and ruby palettes. The MTHRSHP Sublime Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Temptation is one I did not expect to love because of the red and green shimmers, but this one is simply beautiful! Photos do not do it justice. The colors swatch more complex than what you see in the pan – if you try this one move it around in the light at different angles and you’ll see the red and green shift.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime in Bronze Temptation

Colors include:

  • Celestial is a pale cool shimmering beige sparkle (this one is a bit sheer, I had to apply with a very heavy hand)
  • Burning Desire is a soft matte tan
  • Supernova is a deep forest green, appears to have micro glitters, but they’re super fine and apply without too much glitz (it’s not chunky)
  • Dark Paradise is a perfect warm matte brown
  • Corruption is the perfect duo chrome red and copper shimmer
  • Provocatrix is a shimmering golden tan that shifts into silver and copper depending on the light

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime in Bronze Temptation swatches

MatteTrance Lipsticks in Omi, Flesh 3 and Elson are also repromotes. Omi is a classic medium rose, Flesh 3 is launched in all three colors of packaging, Elson is a vibrant blue based red matte.

Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipsticks in Matte Trance in OMI, Flesh 3 and Elson

Matte Trance in OMI, Flesh 3 and Elson lip swatches

 

Opulence: The Collection in Pink Sapphire

Last but not least are the pink sapphire packaging products with MTHRSHP Subversive Eyeshadow Palette in Metalmorphosis and MatteTrance Lipsticks in in Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love.

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 Mthrshp Subversive Metalmorphosis, MatteTrance Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love

The MTHRSHP Subversive Eyeshadow Palette in Metalmorphosis is very pigmented. The overall mix of warm and cool balance each other out for a beautiful complex eye. I did not expect to love this because of the sharp sterling and gold shades, but when you mix them with the coppery ones they make for a unique mix. If you feel like you’re more of the creative type this is the palette for you.

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 Mthrshp Subversive Metalmorphosis Palette Review

Colors in this one overall are the most metallic and include:

  • Metalurgy is a shimmering light taupe gold
  • Copper is a reddish shimmer with an intense metallic sheen
  • Sterling is a metallic pale silver
  • Smoked Amethyst is a matte deep purple base loaded with flecks of red and plum sparkle
  • Bronze is a orange metallic shimmer
  • Gold Standard is an intense 24K gold shimmer

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 Mthrshp Subversive Metalmorphosis Palette Swatches

MatteTrance Lipsticks in Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love are the shades for the pink sapphire packaging. I think the pink is such a princess-like pink. Christy is a pink beige, Forbidden Love is a vibrant red.

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 MatteTrance Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 MatteTrance Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love Lip Swatches

In the holiday set I’ve already reviewed all except 2 of the colors but thought it would be helpful for another swatch post. For quick reference, I reswatched all the lipsticks swatched side by side with Flesh 5 and Elson 2 for added comparison.

To me Flesh 5 is less intense than Flesh 3 – I prefer 5. Elson 2 is brighter and more orange than Elson. Based on the swatches below and in real life to me Elson and Forbidden Love both look identical on the hand, arm and lips. Maybe if you have lighter or deeper skin you’ll be able to see more of a difference in undertone – I triple checked to make sure and walked my arm around with both tubes to swatch and re-swatch. If you’ve tried both shades let me know if you see the same thing.

Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick Swatches, 1995, Flesh 3, Guinevere, Omi, Elson, Christy, Forbidden Love, Flesh 5 and Elson 2

 

Overall the collection is just knock out gorgeous. To me the Pat McGrath Labs Opulence collection has the biggest wow factor out of all the holiday makeup launches that I’ve seen. Everything from the packaging, presentation and colors are so beautiful. I think the palettes are really unique and different. I think Dark Star and Bronze Temptation are the best ones, but my recommendations would primarily be to pick based on your color preferences. I’ve mentioned numerous times that palettes are tricky if you don’t love all of the shades. Quality-wise everything performs to excellent standards in terms of application, pigment, lasting power, minimal fall out. If you don’t like glitter I’d say that the 6-pan palettes are definitely a lot more wearable than her 8-pans. The colors in The Opulence Holiday collection have some intense sparkle and metallic sheens, but no chunky glitter.

All the MatteTrance lipsticks shades are repromotes. You can shop your stash if you already own a lot of colors although the limited-edition packaging colors are super fun and if you haven’t tried any yet but had some on your wishlist she has amazing bundles on her website. You get a nice price break with her sets! I already owned all except 2 of the holiday shades. I’ve already made a serious dent in 1995 and OMI so I’m really happy to have backups now.

The entire Opulence Collection is available now online at Pat McGrath. MTHRSHP Palettes retail for $55 each and the MatteTrance Lipsticks are priced at $38 each. The MTHRSHP Palettes are also available at Sephora. Everything is limited-edition. I will be reviewing the BlitzTrance Lipsticks as soon as I can!

Pat McGrath Opulence Collection provided for review.

 

Eye Makeup Highlighters Urban Decay

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection Review + Swatches

October 18, 2018

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection Review + Swatches

I have an Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection review + swatches for you today! This is a collection I did not expect to work for me based on the color scheme. I rarely wear reds or pinks on the eyes (Naked Heat was too warm for me) so I was pleasantly surprised to find the colors are actually easy to wear for my neutral-makeup loving self. I’ve been the biggest fan of the original Naked, Naked 2 and Naked 3 eyeshadow palettes. Anytime anyone asks what palette I’d recommend to start out their makeup collection it’s one of those (sad that the original one was discontinued though!). In the Naked Cherry launch we have:

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Review and Swatches via The Beauty Look Book

The star in the collection is the Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette. Urban Decay makes some of the best eyeshadow formulas for their mattes and shimmers. They’re buttery smooth, have excellent pigment, are easy to build and layer. They also stay put, even the glitters. Naked Cherry pulls more pink and plum with cranberry tones rather than cherry colors to my eye, but I’m all for that because a true cherry red would probably not work on my complexion.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette Review | The Beauty Look Book

Colors include:

  • Hot Spot perfect matte pale pink cream
  • Caution sheer cool beige matte
  • Bang Bang shimmery warm soft pink
  • Feelz matte mauve
  • Juicy matte warm pink
  • Turn On shimmering light mauve grey champagne
  • Ambitious shimmery warm bronze with plum tones
  • Bing matte violet mauve
  • Devilish matte warmish purple
  • Young Love shimmery plum cherry color
  • Drunk Dial deep shimmer plum
  • Privacy matte plum brown with red tones

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Below wearing the Naked Cherry Eyeshadow shades in Bang Bang, Feelz, Ambitious and Drunk Dial, Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Devilish, Naked Cherry Highlight and Blush Trio. Also wearing Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 6 + 7, mixed, Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Powder #2, Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette, Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette Review | The Beauty Look Book

A lot of you have asked whether I prefer the Naked Cherry palette or the Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes. It’s a tough call because while there are similar tones, I find them very different. The Charlotte Tilbury has more shimmer and glow with lighter warmer gold tones. It has more of a glam feel because of the shimmers. The Naked Cherry has a more monochrome feel with pink, plum and cherry colors. It also has more variety in the deeper colors for plum/pinks. Right now if I had to pick one it would be the Charlotte Tilbury one simply because I like the gold and champagne colors. I do think the Urban Decay one is more unique compared to what I already own.

By request, swatching them side by side (review + swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury one here)

Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes vs Urban Decay Naked Cherry swatches

Naked Cherry 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Love Drug and Black Market are smooth eyeliners. The 24/7 Glide-On is among the smoothest pencils I’ve tried and they never tug or dry out. They haven’t always been smudge proof on me and don’t last 24/7 like a liquid liner but they do stay put without sliding around for several hours on my eyes. I usually top/set with a deep powder shadow as a liner to help it stay longer. Your mileage may vary depending on how oily your lids are.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Love Drug and Black Market Eyeliner Review

Love Drug is a shimmery plum, Black Market is a satiny black with a sheen. I’ve swatched a few other pencils I still have next to the new ones:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Love Drug and Black Market Eyeliner swatches

The Naked Cherry Highlight and Blush Palette was very different from what I expected. Colors swatch with medium pigment on the arms, but on the face it is sheer. Also there’s almost a secret shimmer in one of the colors you can’t see in the pan. Once swatched the colors are a soft champagne with a hint of pink, sheer light cherry pink (goes on a lot more natural than I anticipated) and a duo chrome pink flash shimmer. The good news is that this is a palette I think is impossible to overdo. It applies smoothly, doesn’t emphasize pores or fine lines, colors blend naturally on the skin. But if you need pigment and color this might be too natural for you.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Highlight and Blush Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Highlight and Blush Palette swatches

Vice Lipsticks in Juicy, Devilish and Cherry are new to the launch with special-edition cherry packaging. They’re not scented (thank goodness, because I don’t like cherry smells). I’ve tried a few Vice Lipsticks before and find the formula hit or miss depending on color. Some were really dry and patchy on my lips, but others are smooth, creamy and comfortable. All three in the Naked Cherry line are excellent. Juicy is a unique sheer shimmery iridescent peach with copper and bronze micro shimmers. It’s sparkly but not gritty on my lips. Devilish is a bright berry pink with micro shimmers. Cherry is the perfect deep cherry cream. Coverage is sheer-medium for the shimmers, full for the cream. Application is smooth and there’s a slight sheen to the finish. Lasting power is very good. They’re creamy and semi-thick so they adhere to the lips but they don’t feel heavy.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Vice Lipsticks in Juicy, Devilish and Cherry

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Vice Lipsticks in Juicy, Devilish and Cherry swatches

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Juicy, Devilish, Cherry swatches

Naked Cherry All Nighter Scented Makeup Setting Spray is something I was so reluctant to try simply because I don’t like cherries. I did try it though and it’s actually a lot more pleasant than I expected. It smells like a sheer sweet cherry, almost like a toned down candy cherry. It performs just as well as the regular All Nighter Spray to set makeup and keep it in place for hours. I still don’t know how I feel about scented face sprays that smell like fruit. I’m all about ones that smell like rose or lavender, but the only one I truly love that is food scented is the MAC Fix+ in Coconut because I love anything coconut.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Natural look wearing Juicy Lipstick, the lighter shades of the Eyeshadow Palette and the Highlight Blush Cheek Palette. Same base + brows as what’s listed in the photo above.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Look, Eyeshadow, Juicy Lipstick, Highlight Blush Palette

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection Review + Swatches

Overall a really cute collection! I think the eyeliners are definitely dupeable, so if you have black or plum in your stash you can probably recreate the look with something similar. Love Drug does pull a little more cherry in color and Black Market is more of a muted black rather than a classic deep version. I feel like the Highlight and Cheek Palette is going to be hit or miss for many of you. If you’re lighter than me it will show up. I’m right at the skin tone where it gives a barely there glow. If you’re darker I suspect it will be too sheer/light for your complexion. The eyeshadow palette was an unexpected YES for me. I’m still a peach/gold/bronze kind of gal for eyeshadows but it’s nice to branch out here and there with colors you normally wouldn’t wear. Considering I rarely wear reds or pinks I find myself being braver with color and love trying new combinations.

You can find the Naked Cherry Collection out now. I’m really surprised to find that several items have sold out here and there. You may have to do a little shopping around to find all the colors you want.

Available at Sephora, Ulta Beauty, Nordstrom and Urban Decay.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think? If you wear warm or pinks or reds what’s your favorite palette of the moment?

Naked Cherry collection provided for review.

 

Base Makeup Charlotte Tilbury Eye Makeup

New Charlotte Tilbury Magic Powder, Magic Away Concealer + Stars In Your Eyes Palette

October 14, 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Magic Powder and Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

Today I’m covering a few new launches from Charlotte Tilbury including her Genius Magic Powder ($45), Magic Away Concealer ($32) and swatches of the new Stars In Your Eyes Palette ($75). I’ve been the biggest fan of her Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder in #2 for years now. It’s one I still swear by today and I was really excited to put her new face products to the test. I hauled everything from Nordstrom and two of the three products I hauled are hits.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Magic Powder and Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

Magic Powder + Magic Away Concealer

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Magic Powder Review

Up first is a look at her new face products. The Magic Powder is a loose powder for under the eyes and all over the face. It’s a soft light-diffusing powder to blur the skin. I find that the Airbrush Flawless Pressed and Magic Powder Loose colors don’t match with the same numbers. #2 in the pressed is a perfect match for me while #2 in the loose is significantly lighter in color but it does have a translucent feel to me. The powder itself has a really nice matte effect without looking flat or cakey even though the color is pale. The jar seems well made and has a twist lid inside so you can keep powder from flying around when you store it. The only downside is the smell – it has a very strong plastic smell which I thought was the packaging, which could be the culprit. But if it is, it is also in the powder and it’s pretty bad. The good news is that once it’s on the face and sets, the smell dissipates after a while. Still it’s a scent I don’t think any makeup product should have. A quick look at the product description says it’s made of veggie powder and natural oils to absorb oil and condition the skin at the same time. This could be the reason it smells. For now I’m going to stick with the pressed version and other brands of loose powders. My favorites rounded up and reviewed here.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Powder vs Flawless Pressed Shade 2

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Pressed Powder, Magic Powder, Magic Away Concealer, Magic Foundation swatches

The Magic Away Liquid Concealer is a hit! I ordered two shades 6 and 7 sight unseen based on the fact that I mix the Magic Foundation in 6 and 7. Both concealer shades work for me, 6 is a good brightening color but 7 is an exact match for my tan skin right now. It’s a smooth finish, full coverage concealer with a sponge tip applicator. I actually prefer tube or wand applicators but this one works to blend out the product right on the face without having to use another sponge. I’ve been a die-hard fan of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for under eyes because I need something that is a little bit dewy. This comes in very close second. The Charlotte Tilbury has full perfect coverage, stays put, blends easily and does remove the subtle darkness I have under my eyes some mornings. Shade 6 applied below:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer 6

Left is applied heavily straight from the tube, you can apply as much or as little as you want. I did a heavy face swatch so you could see the color and texture. Right side is completely blended out with a sponge. Also wearing a mix of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 6+7 mixed all over the face, Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown and NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Swing on the lips. Top from Madewell.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer 6

I’ve swatched the concealer below next to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Macadamia and Ginger. I’ve also included one of the new MAC Studio Fix 24 Hour Wear Concealers in NC35, NC38 and NC40 (reviewing these soon, but I find this formula runs a tad bit lighter than the foundations).

Concealer Swatches NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away, MAC Studio Fix 24 hour wear

Stars in Your Eyes Palette

The Stars in Your Eyes Palette is new for the season and it is one of the most beautiful warm palettes I’ve tried. I still don’t consider myself as really loving the red/warm eye shadow trend that’s been going on for a while, but this one is very wearable, doesn’t look too warm on my skin and has excellent color payoff. There is a mix of matte and shimmers. I think it’s a significant improvement compared to last years which I bought and still use but find high maintenance because it takes me a lot of layering to get the pigment I want. This year’s is perfect in every way for me.

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

This one has four sets of color-themed trios designed to Prime, Enhance and Smoke, but you can mix and match any of the combinations.

  • Love Eyes has a matte cream, shimmery rose gold, matte warm rose
  • Power Eyes has a shimmery soft gold, pale champagne shimmer, shimmery bronze
  • Happy Eyes has a rosy shimmer, warm soft brown matte, deeper soft brown matte
  • Confident Eyes has a shimmery mauve, shimmery plum and matte plum purple

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette swatches

Below wearing a mix of Stars in Your Eyes Palette Love Eyes and Happy Eyes, First Love Chic to Cheek Blush and NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Swing, same base as mentioned above:

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

As much as I love the pretty rose gold packaging it makes photographing product difficult. Colors will look slightly different in photos depending on what you see in the reflection, so I’ve included two photos, one with flash, one without.

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review + Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Magic Powder and Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

Overall I highly recommend the Magic Away Concealer. I think it’s worth a look if you want a full coverage, smooth creamy concealer. It doesn’t cake or crease on me under the eyes and it also has enough pigment that you can use it to cover spots like sun spots or dark circles. I find it has better coverage than her other formulas. The Stars in Your Eyes Palette was a pleasant hit given last year’s formula was just ok for me. I’m thrilled that even though it’s warm toned it’s not too red or warm and easy to wear. The Magic Powder was something I had such high hopes for. The shades are a bit odd to me because the numbers don’t match in different formulas and the smell is so bad, but as a product it works on my face just fine. For now if you’re in the market for a new loose powder I’d say my top picks are the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder and Laura Mercier Translucent Loose (both compared here).

You can find the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Powder and Stars in Your Eyes Palette at Nordstrom. Also available online at Charlotte Tilbury.

Have you tried any of these yet? What did you think?

 

Eye Makeup

Fall Mascara + Base Roundup: Chanel, NARS, By Terry, L’Oreal + Glossier

October 11, 2018

Mascara + Primer Roundup Chanel, By Terry, NARS, Glossier and L'Oreal

I have a roundup of mascaras and primers I’ve tried over the past few months. A few I’ve already reviewed but thought a comprehensive lineup post might be more helpful. My top three tried-and-true have been Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme, L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof and Chanel Le Volume Waterproof. Since I have straight lashes waterproof works best to hold curl after using a lash curler and also helps prevent smudging in humid weather. I’m always looking to try new ones to volumize and define. Often times I find mascaras excel in one or two areas but rarely hit all the marks for volumizing, adding definition, holding the curl, no smudging, no flaking, and being easy to remove. So please keep in mind I’m super picky and have difficult lashes.

Mascara + Primer Roundup Chanel, By Terry, NARS, Glossier and L'Oreal

Mascara + Primer Roundup in today’s post includes:

Chanel La Base Mascara + Le Volume Revolution de Chanel

Chanel La Base Mascara + Le Volume Revolution de Chanel

I think it’s hard to top the regular Le Volume Mascara or the Le Volume Waterproof for me. This formula was the first I tried from the brand that I liked for the true black color and the fact that the waterproof version didn’t look or feel crunchy on my lashes. I reviewed the new Chanel La Base Mascara over the summer and thought it was ok but didn’t really do much. When used in conjunction with their latest Le Volume Revolution de Chanel it makes for an excellent combination.

The new Le Volume Revolution de Chanel Mascara has a chubby brush that is 3D printed. It’s designed to give volume in a single stroke. I initially thought it would be identical to the Le Volume, but when I tried each one on each eye, side by side and the Le Volume Revolution does indeed give significantly more volume and intensity with one stroke. With the regular Le Volume I layer a couple times and brush it on to apply to get intensity. I do this with most mascaras. I think the new Le Volume Revolution de Chanel is excellent – I didn’t experience any smudging or racoon eyes, but of course your mileage may vary depending on how oily your skin is under the eyes. It was easy to remove with their Gentle Bi-Phase Makeup Remover. If this came out in a waterproof formula eventually I think I would love it even more. When in doubt, I really just prefer waterproof formulas in general. To sum up, the new mascara is great. It volumizes, doesn’t clump, stays put and is a true black.

By Terry Lash-Expert

By Terry Lash Expert Mascara Review

This By Terry Lash-Expert Mascara is one of the most highly rated mascaras of the year. It has a wand you can twist to control how much volume/intensity you want applied. I reviewed this formula back in the spring and gave it an ok review since I preferred the L’Oreal and Tom Ford for holding the curl. Since then I’ve been experimenting with it more and find that for me this works best when layered over a waterproof formula. This is a trick many of you have shared with me to apply a waterproof version first, then layer with a more volumizing formula on top. This makes this version work for me 100%! I’ve tried it over the Maybelline Total Temptation and L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof.

NARS Climax Mascara

NARS Climax Mascara Review

NARS Climax Mascara is the latest from NARS. I used to love their volume formula that was discontinued years ago. I stopped using their mascaras after they discontinued it. This one gives mega volume and doesn’t smudge on me although several of you have reported it does. I think your mileage may vary, but this one gives me good volume without any clumping. The bristles are well separated in this brush which makes it less prone to clumping for me. I do think the Chanel Le Volume Revolution de Chanel gives more volume with one stroke. However you can build it up with the NARS without caking it on.

Glossier Lash Slick

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara Review

I could not resist the cute pink Glossier Lash Slick tube for this one. It has a rubber applicator with larger gaps in between the spikes. I think this is a decent formula. It defines, lengthens and darkens the lashes nicely. It doesn’t give as much volume as other formulas do, but for the price I was pleased. It did not smudge on me and it held the curl pretty well. (Case shown is by The Daily Edited.)

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Base

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Waterproof and Base Review

I’ve been the biggest fan of the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara. I know so many of you love a good drugstore mascara but this is the only one I’ve tried that impressed me for EVERYTHING it claims. They recently launched the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Base and I reviewed it in my budget beauty roundup here. I think it’s one of the best mascara bases I’ve tried. It works best if you don’t let it dry completely before applying mascara. Given how good the mascara is I don’t think the primer is essential, but it does help nourish the lashes and help mascara adhere better.

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All the mascaras lined up so you can see the length of brushes:

Mascara + Primer Roundup Chanel La Base Mascara, Chanel Le Volume Revolution de Chanel, By Terry Lash-Expert, NARS Climax, Glossier Lash Slick and L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Base

In summary, my top three are still the top three. I think the Chanel Le Volume de Revolution is a winner for fall, but I’m really hoping it will come out in a waterproof version eventually. By Terry works when combined with another waterproof version. And for a mascara primer I still think this isn’t essential but I’m smitten with the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Base formula.

For those who missed my previous roundups, my favorite removers and tools:

That wraps up my fall mascara rotation review. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any formulas you tried! Mascara can be so tricky, it’s truly hit or miss depending on your lash type and length. Mine don’t hold the curl and are naturally straight so what works for me might not work for you if you have fuller lush lashes!

Press samples include the NARS Climax and Chanel Le Volume Revolution de Chanel. I also purchased the Le Volume Revolution de Chanel on my own so I have two.

 

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