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Luxury Lips With Givenchy Le Rouge

November 6, 2019

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick

I’ve been testing out some luxury lipsticks from Givenchy in the Le Rouge Classic formula alongside their new Le Rouge Deep Velvet and Le Rouge Night Noir options. Given that the Classic is such an iconic formula I cannot believe it has taken me so long to try them out. I’ve teamed up with Givenchy Beauty to give all three formulas a test. You can find them at Sephora ($38 each for 3.4 g/0.12 oz). They’re also available at a discounted price during the Sephora Holiday Bonus Event (now through 11/11) if you’re a beauty insider!

Each lipstick formula has a special case that coordinates with the formula finish. The Classic has a black leather casing, Deep Velvet has a deep red plush velvet case and Night Noir has a fun sparkling glittery black case.

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick review Sephora

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Le Rouge Classic

Givenchy Le Rouge Classic

The Le Rouge Classic is my personal favorite of the three. It’s your classic luxury lipstick with a semi-matte soft satiny finish. Pigment is phenomenal and offers smooth full coverage with a single swipe but isn’t heavy. It feels comfortable and hydrating on the lips (it contains hyaluronic acid for moisture). Lasting power is excellent and stays put for hours without creasing or budging. I was sent three colors to test: 103 Brun Createur is a warm rose pink, 304 Mandarin Bolero is a bright coral cream, 333 L’Interdit is a classic deep red.

Givenchy Le Rouge Classic swatches

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Le Rouge Deep Velvet

Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet

The Le Rouge Deep Velvet is a modern matte with a lightweight velvety soft texture. It has a very smooth matte finish and is super comfortable on the lips. It doesn’t feel dry or thick. This is now ranked in my top 3 favorite matte lipstick finishes. I put three colors to the test in 10 Beige Nu which is a cool toned pink nude, 33 Orange Sable is a hot bright coral, 42 Violet Velours is a perfect soft plum. With this formula you also get full smooth coverage with one layer – it’s a one-swipe wonder!

Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet

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Le Rouge Night Noir

Givenchy Le Rouge Night Noir

Last but not least is the Le Rouge Night Noir which comes in six color options. These are sparkly deep colors you can wear alone or on top of lipstick. It will deepen any lipstick you layer it on top of. There are tiny flecks of micro sparkle in these but there is no gritty texture. They’re 100% smooth and glide onto the lips with a shiny finish. 01 Night in Light is a deep black berry with glitter. 05 Night in Red is a deep reddish glitter with slight plum tones. I think Night in Red is going to be fun for holiday – especially if you want to wear a color that isn’t neutral but isn’t too bright.

Givenchy Le Rouge Night Noir

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A closer look at my favorites from each formula: Le Rouge Classic in N103 Brun Createur, Le Rouge Deep Velvet in N10 Beige Nu and Le Rouge Night Noir in N2 Night in Red.

Givenchy Le Rouge

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick Review

Givenchy Le Rouge Luxury Lips

Out of the three I think the Classic formula is my favorite and if you’re looking to gift one to a friend this is the one to go with! You can find all three formulas out now at Sephora. Have you tried this lipstick formula yet? I’m still new to the line – any other favorites you think I should try out?

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Chanel Lips

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion, Rouge Allure Ink + Le Rouge Duo Lip Haul

October 16, 2019

Chanel Lip Haul

I have a new Chanel lip haul with a look at some of the newRouge Allure Ink Fusion colors, a new Rouge Allure Ink shade and additions to the Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Gloss formula. I ordered everything sight unseen as the colors are currently only available at Chanel.com (coming to counters soon). I’m 100% thrilled with every single item and think there are some great additions for fall.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion + New Shades of Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion

I’ve never really been a fan of liquid lipsticks or the Chanel Rouge Allure Ink formula. I found the original formula looked great in hand swatches with so many gorgeous colors. On my lips the colors didn’t show up well and I found the finish too thin/streaky. I was willing to take some extra effort to make some of the colors work. The deeper/bold colors performed better but the neutrals were too sheer for me. The new Rouge Allure Ink Fusion is much MUCH better in terms of color payoff and pigment. It has similar packaging in the tube but the applicator is beveled. The new Rouge Allure Ink Fusion is more of a fluid liquid that dries to a matte finish. It’s lightweight and has a similar feel/effect to the NARS Powermatte Pigments, only the Chanel does not dry down or shrink like the NARS does.

I ordered four Rouge Allure Ink Fusion shades to try them out. Swatches are tricky with liquid lips for me since the dry down often darkens the color and they always look SO different on my lips compared to others who have lighter pigment in lips or a cooler complexion. The olive in my skin also makes them look completely different than what I’ve seen online for lighter skin girls so please take note your mileage may vary. Formula is lightweight, has no scent, dries down to a soft matte finish without making the lips look like they’ve shriveled.

802 Beige Naturel is a pale beige cream, on me this turned more neutral/peach and while on others I’ve seen it swatched on, it looks more yellow-beige. 804 Mauvy Nude is a cool toned mauve rose, also darkens on my lips but perfect for fall! 806 Pink Brown is more of a deeper brown-rose on me than a pink brown, also lovely for fall. 814 Coral Peach is a bright vibrant coral.

There are also some new additions to the regular Rouge Allure Ink lineup. There are some mattes and also new metallic finishes. I bought 216 Legerete which is the most beautiful rose pink color. The formula is still the same as the Rouge Allure Ink, slightly streaky but I can make it work. The color is beautiful!

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion vs Rouge Allure Ink applicator:

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion vs Rouge Allure Ink

Swatches below:

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion swatches

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion lip swatches

Some comparison swatches, I didn’t find dupes but thought this lineup might help you compare and contrast how light/deep the colors are. The Rouge Allure Ink Fusion has a similar fluid texture and dry town to the NARS Powermatte. By comparison the newer Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Mattes have a more whipped matte finish.

Chanel swatches

Three of the colors in full face looks, Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion 802 Beige Naturel, for skintone reference I’m wearing Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet in B50:

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Beige Naturel

804 Mauvy Nude:

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Mauvy Nude 804

Pink Brown 806

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Pink Brown

Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue – New Shades

Chanel Neutrals Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue and Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel also added some new colors of the Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Gloss which I just rediscovered. They changed the packaging and formula a little while ago but I think it’s pretty much the same as the original. I picked 2 of the new colors in Intense Nude 152 which a gorgeous soft cool pink and Intense Caramel 154 which is a medium neutral beige. There is a liquid lipstick side that you apply all over the lips and then top with the gloss top coat. These are super long lasting and I think I need to check out more colors soon.

Since I’m a huge fan of neutrals I added other shades from my collection above and swatched below for reference. I have two other Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue colors in Merry Rose and Warm Beige alongside Rouge Coco Gloss neutrals in Caresse (discontinued), Caramel and Noce Moscata:

Chanel Neutral Gloss Swatches

The new Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Gloss in Intense Nude and Intense Caramel on the lips:

Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Gloss Intense Nude and Intense Caramel

Full face look wearing Intense Nude:

Chanel Le Rouge Duo Tenue Ultra Gloss Intense Nude

Overall some solid wins and a successful haul. I wish Chanel would reformulate all the Rouge Allure Inks into the Rouge Allure Ink Fusion formula – I think it’s SO good!. Based on the color selection I think I would have also loved a plum color but for now am happy with the colors I bought. I may splurge on one more down the line once they hit counters and I can see them in person.

You can find the new Chanel lip launches available now at Chanel.com – I suspect they will be at counters soon in the US. Have you tried any of the new shades yet? What did you think?

 

Lips Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Review

September 25, 2019

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Review

Tom Ford Beauty revamped all of the lip glosses into a new formula called Gloss Luxe ($55 each for 5.5 ml/0.19 fl oz). These have new packaging and a completely different formula from the original lip glosses. The Gloss Luxe has a sheer finish, ultra glossy shine and a moisturizing feel. It’s not sticky but does have a slight tacky feeling to it since it is a gloss but it feels smooth and lush.

There are 20 available right now, I bought 6 and have a review + swatches today. I’ve been such a long-time fan of Tom Ford lip products but with these I have mixed feelings. They are high-shine and hydrating, they have a nice luxurious feel. However I found some of them settled into my lip lines and started to separate after a few minutes. With the lighter neutral colors I didn’t find them to be color-saturated as they described. The colors can be intensified if you layer more on the lips but with each progressive layer the formula starts to get a little too thick and goopy with the feeling like they will slide off.

They are scented with a soft vanilla cake like scent that I find really pleasant. Lasting power is average for a hydrating gloss. They won’t last all day but at the same time they don’t disappear quickly.

For the tubes you have a sponge tip applicator similar to the Lip Lacquer Luxe where the sponge is a little bigger than the opening. There is a little bit of tugging when you take it out of the tube but the gap isn’t as tight as it is with the Lip Lacquer Luxe.

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe applicator

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Review

Colors I picked:

  • Aura is a pale light nude pink, this one settled into my fine lip lines within a minute, not a good look!
  • Impulse is a sheer pale pearly pink, also settled into my lip lines within a few minutes but it isn’t as bad as Aura
  • Frantic is a sheer shimmery medium light pink with gold pearl
  • Ravish is a shimmery medium peach
  • Wicked is a sheer cool pink without shimmer
  • L’Amour is a bright sheer pink

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Aura, Impulse, Frantic, Ravish, Wicked, L'Amour

I think the brighter and deeper colors are the best options. Overall pigment didn’t translate from my arm swatches to my lips. They’re sheer so it gives the lips a hint of color. Close ups and lip swatches below with three I have full face makeup looks for you. I do think if you have lighter lips versus my pigmented lips the colors will show up better on you.

Aura

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Aura

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Aura

Impulse

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Impulse

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Impulse swatch

Frantic

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Frantic

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Frantic swatch

Ravish

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Ravish

Tom Ford GLOSS LUXE Ravish

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Ravish Makeup Look

Also wearing Natasha Denona Foundation X+ in 42WY, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Powder in Medium, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel, Tom Ford Acqua Metal Shadow in Violet Argente and Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette in The Dolce Vita, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light

Wicked

Tom Ford Lip Gloss Wicked

Tom Ford Lip Gloss Wicked

Tom Ford Lip Gloss Wicked

Wearing same makeup breakdown as above, only difference is blush is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Euphoric Fusion.

L’Amour

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe L'Amour

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe L'Amour

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe L'Amour

All of them side by side:

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe swatches

I really wanted to love them but I can’t help but feel there are better options out there. For me I felt the sheerness of the colors didn’t make them all worth the price tag. I do think there are some great colors to choose from and they have a hydrating luxurious feel. They’re not bad, but I prefer the Chanel Rouge Coco Glosses, Pat McGrath LUST Gloss, By Terry Lip Experts and the new Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shines are amazing (I’ll review my picks soon). My favorites of the ones I tried were Ravish and L’Amour which I think are worth the splurge. I wish the other ones had better color payoff because they’re just so pretty in the tube and swatched on my hand!

You can find the Tom Ford Gloss Luxe out at all counters now. I bought mine from Nordstrom. Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

 

Chanel Lips Nail Polish

Top 10 Chanel Le Vernis Nail Shades + Lip Colors to Match

August 19, 2019

Best Chanel Nail Polishes Top 10 via The Beauty Look Book

I’ve been a long time fan of the Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colors through numerous reformulations and used to collect all the new colors religiously! They revamped the formula back in 2016 and while I was really sad so many great shades were discontinued I was really happy to find the formula was improved. I’ve reviewed many new colors / formula over the past few years. You can see the original posts here and here. A number of you have asked for an updated Chanel polish roundup so I have one today with my Top 10! Colors that you can still find today although a few of these are limited-edition. I’ve also included a fun twist and added my favorite matching Chanel lips to go with each of the 10 colors. I don’t always match nails and lips, but sometimes I think it’s fun to have coordinating colors!

I really love the formula of Chanel Le Vernis. They’re always smooth and glossy on my tips and toes and last a long time on my hands. I do think proper application is key – I recommend pairing it with a good base and top coat. If you’re finding it chips or you get tip wear I suspect it’s either the application or the top coat you’re using. As much as I love fast drying top coats, many of them shrink when drying and slowly pulls back the color underneath. Not all top coats are compatible with all nail polish formulas. This leads to early tip wear and chipping in my experience. I love the Chanel Le Gel Top Coat, but also find that the Essie Speed Setter or Smith and Cult Top Coat work well.

My top 10 favorite colors right now, all nail polish swatches have 2 coats:

Le Vernis in Organdi 504 + Rouge Coco Flash in Boy 54 (lip swatches here) + Le Rouge Double in Merry Rose

Chanel Le Vernis Organdi

Chanel Le Vernis Organdi and Rouge Coco Flash in Boy

Le Vernis in Bleached Mauve 646 + Rouge Coco Gloss in Caramel 716* (lip swatches here)

Chanel Le Vernis Bleached Mauve

Chanel Le Vernis Bleached Mauve Rouge Coco Gloss Caramel

Le Vernis Perle de Corail 695* + Rouge Coco Glosses in Subtil 744 and Physical 166*

Chanel Le Vernis Perle de Corail

Chanel Le Vernis Perle de Corail + Rouge Coco Gloss Subtil and Physical

Le Vernis in Joyau 699* + Rouge Coco Gloss in Tendresse 172 (lip swatches here)

Chanel Le Vernis Joyau and Rouge Coco Gloss Tendresse

Chanel Le Vernis Joyau and Rouge Coco Gloss Tendresse

Le Vernis in Camelia 506* + Rouge Allure Ink in Euphorie 170*

Chanel Le Vernis Camelia Rouge Allure Ink Euphorie

Chanel Le Vernis Camelia Rouge Allure Ink Euphorie swatches

Le Vernis in Coralium 564 + Rouge Coco Gloss True 782

Chanel Le Vernis Coralium and Rouge Coco Gloss True

Chanel Le Vernis Coralium and Rouge Coco Gloss True swatches

Le Vernis in Jaspe 693* + Rouge Allure Ink in Cornaline 198* (lip swatches here)

Chanel Le Vernis Jaspe and Rouge Allure Ink Cornaline

Chanel Le Vernis Jaspe and Rouge Allure Ink Cornaline

Le Vernis in Gitane 510* + Rouge Coco Gloss in Bitter Orange 752* (lip swatches here)

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Bitter Orange and Le Vernis Gitane

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Bitter Orange and Le Vernis Gitane

Le Vernis in Vamp 18 + Rouge Coco Blush in Burning Berry 420* (lip swatches here)

Chanel Le Vernis Vamp and Rouge Coco Blush in Burning Berry

Chanel Le Vernis Vamp and Rouge Coco Blush in Burning Berry

Le Vernis in Rouge Noir 18 + Rouge Coco Flash in Noir Moderne 102 or Temper 104

Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir and Rouge Coco Flash Noir Moderne

Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir and Rouge Coco Flash Noir Moderne

P.S. I am still really obsessed with their La Creme Main and La Creme Main Texture Riche. They just launched a new Le Lift La Creme Main which is more expensive than the other two formulas but has the Le Lift skincare ingredients to smooth the skin. If you follow me on Instagram you may have caught my sneak preview on stories over the weekend. I ordered it the day it launched and will have a review soon, but first impressions are that I really like it.

Also for those who’ve been asking and emailing me – nails are DIY, I do them on my own. How I keep them manicured in this post here. Will try to do an updated one soon as a few of my old staples have been discontinued.

You can find all the colors available now at Chanel.com. Also available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and all Chanel counters.

Do you have any favorite Chanel colors?

Press samples indicated with a *. All others purchased by me.

Lips NARS

NARS 25 Years New Lipstick Launch

August 6, 2019

NARS Lipsticks 2019 Launch New Shades

NARS celebrates 25 years this year! To celebrate the team has revamped their entire iconic Lipstick line with 72 shades in three finishes: Matte, Satin and Sheer ($26 each for 3.5 g/0.12 oz). His original 12 are packaged in special red and white tubes that are currently exclusive to NARS Cosmetics online (and in boutiques). The remaining 60 are in his signature black and white tubes available at all NARS retailers and counters such as Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and more. I am so grateful to have received 30 shades in a press kit. I bought 4 more shades at the counter as I had to track down some of the classic iconic colors I loved in the past.

I have my post split into two parts since there are so many colors. Today’s post are close ups of all the colors plus arm swatches. I’ll have the lip swatches in a separate post.

NARS Lipsticks 2019 Launch New Shades

The formulas do appear to be new and finishes/textures are different from the originals. This is not the first time NARS has revamped the lipstick formula and each variation has new and improved benefits. There’s no detectable strong fragrance in these although there is a very subtle earthy natural scent to them. They have Passion Fruit Seed Oil and Moringa Seed Oil which seems to make them non-drying on the lips. After testing for several days and even after 34 lip swatches straight in a row my lips have not dried out, peeled or become irritated.

The three formulas include:

  • Sheer is sheer and glossy, pigment is buildable and varies across the color range, some of the brighter ones have more color payoff
  • Satin is a classic lipstick finish with bold coverage, texture/feel is medium – not heavy but not quite weightless
  • Matte is almost a lumious matte, most have full coverage that is easy to smooth and blend out, it is a weightless matte

I’ve split the swatches by color family, color descriptions below with each grouping. Colors I bought include Chelsea Girls, Barbarella, Dolce Vita and Raw Seduction. Other colors are press samples.

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Miramar, Orgasm, Niagara, Raw Seduction and Barbarella

NARS Lipsticks Miramar, Orgasm, Niagara, Raw Seduction, Barbarella

Colors shown above, swatched below:

  • Miramar (satin) is metallic gold shimmer (on me it looks like a matte gold)
  • Orgasm (satin) is a sheer shimmery pink peach
  • Niagara (satin) is a bold pink coral cream
  • Raw Seduction (satin) is a perfect peach pink neutral
  • Barbarella (sheer) is a sheer peach

NARS Lipstick Swatches Miramar, Orgasm, Niagara, Raw Seduction, Barbarella

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Boukhara, Chelsea Girls, Dolce Vita, Tolede and Tonka

NARS Lipstick Boukhara, Chelsea Girls, Dolce Vita, Tolede, Tonka

Colors shown above, swatched below:

  • Boukhara (matte) is a matte nude pink with mauve tones
  • Chelsea Girls (sheer) is a sheer beige pink (on my lips it pulls more pink)
  • Dolce Vita (sheer) is a classic soft rose (I haven’t found my original one but this new version seems a bit more on the neutral side/less warm)
  • Tolede (satin) is a warmer pink rose
  • Tonka (matte) is a matte soft brown rose

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Sex Shuffle, Cruising, Belle de Jour, Rosecliff and Pour Toujours

NARS Sex Shuffle, Cruising, Belle de Jour, Rosecliff, Pour Toujours

Colors shown above left to right, swatched below:

  • Sex Shuffle (sheer) is a pale shimmery icy cool pink
  • Cruising (sheer) is a sheer light nude pink
  • Belle de Jour (sheer) is a perfect sheer beige
  • Rosecliff (sheer) is a medium rose beige pink
  • Pour Toujours (matte) is a dusty neutral pink

NARS swatches Lipstick Sex Shuffle, Cruising, Belle de Jour, Rosecliff, PourToujours

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Raw Love, Instant Crush, Cool It, Jolie Mome, Afghan Red

NARS Lipstick Raw Love, Instant Crush, Cool It, Jolie Mome, Afghan Red

Colors shown above left to right, swatched below:

  • Raw Love (matte) is a matte cool light mauve
  • Instant Crush (sheer) is a sheer pink with a hint of shimmer
  • Cool It (satin) is a semi-sheer shimmering light raspberry pink
  • Jolie Mome (matte) is a bright blue based plum
  • Afghan Red (satin) is a classic cool-red

NARS Lipstick Swatches Raw Love, Instant Crush, Cool It, Jolie Mome, Afghan Red

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License to Love, Living Doll, Start Your Engines, Rouge Insolent, Bulgarian Rose

NARS Lipsticks License to Love, Living Doll, Start Your Engines, Rouge Insolent, Bulgarian Rose

Colors shown above left to right, swatched below:

  • License to Love (sheer) is a sheer semi-bright peach
  • Living Doll (sheer) is a sheer bright coral with slight pink tones
  • Start Your Engines (sheer) is a sheer orange
  • Rouge Insolent (satin) is a bold orange red
  • Bulgarian Rose (sheer) is a sheer bright pink

NARS Lipsticks License to Love, Living Doll, Start Your Engines, Rouge Insolent, Bulgarian Rose

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Dominatrix, Fire Down Below, Impulse, Fast Ride

NARS Lipstick Dominatrix, Fire Down Below, Impulse, Fast Ride

Colors shown above left to right, swatched below:

  • Dominatrix (matte) is a matte brown
  • Fire Down Below (matte) is a classic deep bold red
  • Impulse (satin) is a semi-sheer wine
  • Fast Ride (sheer) is a sheer brown plum

NARS Swatches Lipstick Dominatrix, Fire Down Below, Impulse, Fast Ride

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Damage, Candy Stripper, Soul Train, Hot Channel, Full Time Females

NARS Lipstick Damage, Candy Stripper, Soul Train, Hot Channel, Full Time Females

Colors shown above left to right, swatched below:

  • Damage (sheer) is a sheer purple
  • Candy Stripper (matte) is a bold bright purple
  • Soul Train (matte) is a dark purple
  • Hot Channel (satin) is a deep plum brown
  • Full Time Females (matte) is a bold fuschia

NARS Lipstick Damage, Candy Stripper, Soul Train, Hot Channel, Full Time Females swatches

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The Beauty Look Book NARS Lipsticks 2019 Launch New Shades

I’ll have more thoughts on the formulas and colors in the lip swatch post coming very soon. I had a really good experience across all the formulas with the exception of 3 shades. There are times when a lipstick won’t swatch well on the hand/arm but blends out better on the lips, and then there are times when it fails no matter how you swatch it. Ones I had issues with include Sex Shuffle, Fast Ride and Hot Channel – the swatched streaky and uneven on the lips for me. There are some mattes that look a little streaky on the arm swatches but the rest of the ones I tested blended and layered nicely once on the lips. So far I’ve been impressed with lasting power and texture and even happier that they don’t make my lips peel.

Lip swatches to follow very soon! Let me know if you have any questions on the colors or formulas. I’m going to try to see if I still have any of the older Dolce Vita or Chelsea Girls colors to compare, but I’m not sure if I will find them in my stash still. First impressions are overall positive – if you’re looking for a no-fuss kind of lipstick the NARS ones have a wide range of colors and finishes to suit all skin tones. For quick skin tone reference I’m a NARS Radiant Foundation in Barcelona and Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger or Praline.

 

 

You can find the new NARS Lipsticks out now available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and NARS Cosmetics and all NARS retailers.

Have you checked out the new formula yet? What did you think?

Lips

Top 5 Favorite Lipstick Brands

July 29, 2019

National Lipstick Day 2019 Best Lipstick Formulas

It’s National Lipstick Day and I wanted to roundup my top five favorite luxury lipstick brands to celebrate. It was challenging for me to narrow it down to just five since there are so many great lines with different formulas, finishes and price points. I picked the brands I wear the most frequently these days.

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Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Summer Shades review and swatches. Skin Flixx, Naked Kiss, Lady Stardust, Skinsane, Full Fantasy, Love Train, Flesh3, Blood Rush, Emmanuelle

If you forced me to only wear one brand of lipstick the rest of my life I would pick Pat McGrath. She completely changed my outlook on matte lipsticks and also glitter sparkle lipsticks. I love all her formulas including the Lip Fetish Lip Balms which are a great option for those who want a hint of color. My top five favorites:

  • BlitzTrance Skinsane (swatches here)
  • BlitzTrance Love Train (swatches here)
  • BlitzTrance Emmanuelle (swatches here)
  • MatteTrance in Christy (review here)
  • MatteTrance in Omi (review here)

P.S. I’m testing out her new Skin Fetish Foundation in Medium 15 and Light Medium 14 along with her whole system. Review very soon but I’ve been doing some previews and demos on Instagram stories if you want to get a sneak peek!

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Chanel

Best Red Lipsticks from Chanel

Chanel is as classic as it gets. For anyone looking for a classic red or pink lipstick, Chanel hands down has it all. There are pink reds, orange reds, coral reds, brick reds, blue reds – you name it. There’s something so special about buying your first Chanel lip product. Formula breakdown:

  • Rouge Coco – is the hydrating classic formula, to me it has a medium satiny finish.
  • Rouge Allure – is the one I consider the most classic and iconic. Creamy formulas with a natural luminous sheen and medium to full coverage.
  • Rouge Allure Velvet – is a formula Chanel describes as a “luminous matte.” It’s a velvety finish version of the Rouge Allure. The bold reds are among the best long wearing colors I’ve tried.
  • Rouge Allure Ink – matte super lightweight lip ink stain, bold shades have the best color payoff, this formula is probably the most weightless one I’ve ever tried!
  • Rouge Coco Flash – ultra glossy sheer lipsticks that are great for a swipe and go effortless kind of color, my favorites are Jour and Flash (haul picks swatched here).
  • Rouge Coco Gloss – cushiony, hydrating, super lush high-shine glosses perfect to wear alone or on top of a lipstick (swatches here).

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Charlotte Tilbury

Favorite Charlotte Tilbury Neutrals Lipsticks

Charlotte Tilbury makes some of the best wearable neutrals. I ordered products from their website long before they launched in the US – all sight unseen too! Her lipsticks and it was love at first swipe. I really like all of her formulas. My top favorite colors:

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Tom Ford

Best Tom Ford Lipsticks Bad Lietenant, Autoerotique, Mustique, Carriacou, Sable Smoke

Tom Ford lipsticks are among the most expensive and luxurious ones I’ve tried. I still remember when they first launched a small handful of colors in the white packaging. Pink Dusk Lip Color was my first shade and is still one of my favorites. When I’m tan I opt for slightly deeper neutrals. Many of my favorites in the Boys and Girls were limited-edition and have been discontinued, but my top picks you can still find now:

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MAC

Best MAC Neutrals Patisserie, Velvet Teddy, Nippon, Mehr

MAC was the first mid-to-high end lipstick brand I was into! They have the most diverse shade range I’ve seen and so many other brands have followed. It is hard to narrow down my top picks. I’ve tried so many of the colors. The ones I recommend the most and just bought fresh tubes of include:

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Lipstick Organization

Lipstick Makeup Storage Ideas

Last but not least, I have a quick peek at two storage organization favorites. I bought an Acrylic Lipstick Tower from Impressions Vanity a few years ago when they were carried at Nordstrom. You can still find the tower online at Impressions Vanity in a few different variations and colors. I also use Lipstick Organizers from the Container Store and keep them on my shelf or in drawers.

Hope you liked the roundup! There are still a lot of other brands I use and love including Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche, Hourglass Confession, NARS Audacious, L’Oreal Color Riche Shines and so much more. Narrowing it down to my top 5 was hard since I truly love playing with all brands and formulas of makeup. I’d love to hear what your favs are!

 

What are your favorite lipstick brands and formulas?

Press samples featured include lip colors from Chanel and Pat McGrath.

Charlotte Tilbury Lips

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 + Tinted Collagen Lip Bath

July 11, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 and Collagen Lip Bath Tinted Shades Review | The Beauty Look Book

By popular request I hauled some of the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Lipsticks ($37 each, 3.5 g/0.12 oz) + the new Collagen Lip Baths in the tinted Peachy Plump and Rosy Glow ($35 each, 7.9 ml/0.26 fl oz). The formulas and colors do not disappoint, I found all the colors flattering and easy to wear. I think they’ll especially nice for those with medium to deep skin tones, I think you’ll find a lot of neutrals that will be flattering and won’t wash out your complexion. For skin tone reference I wear her foundations in shade 6 and 7 mixed (MAC NC35 equivalent).

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 and Collagen Lip Bath Tinted Shades Review | The Beauty Look Book

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Hot Lips 2.0

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 | The Beauty Look Book

The Hot Lips 2 Lipsticks this round are refillable. The lipsticks themselves currently run at $37 each and the refills are $25. Formula has a mix of cream and mattes. I picked up all the neutrals and a couple of the berry colors. There are oranges and reds along with a clear balm. Based on what I’ve seen on a few other blogs the neutrals may pull really warm if you have fair to light skin with pink undertones. I’m already a shade darker than I normally am with the summer sun and would consider myself medium-tan. Color I picked out:

  • JK Magic is a perfect neutral beige nude cream
  • Dance Floor Princess is light neutral pink (probably the coolest-toned of the neutrals)
  • In Love With Olivia is a pretty peach with a hint of pink
  • Angel Alesandra is a beige with warm undertones
  • Glowing Jen is a medium warm peachy pink-brown
  • Viva La Vergara is a matte plum
  • Amazing Amal is a matte berry rose

On my lips the creams have full creamy smooth coverage with a soft shine. They are semi-thick in coverage, are not drying and stay put for hours without budging or sliding around. The mattes have a soft almost airy feel, they’re nice, but the Pat McGrath Matte Trance Lipsticks are superior in my opinion (they have better coverage and lasting power). The Charlotte Tilbury mattes I tried for this formula almost feel like they give the lips a muted stain. There’s a very slight hint of a soft vanilla scent, but I barely notice it after a few minutes.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2.0 in JK Magic, Dance Floor Princess, In Love With Olivia, Glowing Jen, Viva La Vergara, Amazing Amal

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2.0 in JK Magic, Dance Floor Princess, In Love With Olivia, Glowing Jen, Viva La Vergara, Amazing Amal swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips JK Magic Swatch

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Dance Floor Princess

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips In Love With Olivia

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Angel Alesandra

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Glowing Jen

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Viva La Vergara

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Amazing Amal

Comparison swatches, all shades are Charlotte Tilbury unless specified:

Top Photo: Charlotte Tilbury Kim KW, Penelope Pink, Bitch Perfect, Hepburn Honey, Angel Alessandra, MAC Patisserie, MAC Velvet Teddy, Chanel Rouge Allure Extreme in Modern (swatch here), Charlotte Tilbury Super Cindy, Tom Ford Sable Smoke

Middle Photo: MAC Faux, Charlotte Tilbury JK Magic, Dance Floor Princess, In Love With Olivia, Super Cindy, Pillow Talk, Very Victoria, Chanel Rouge Allure Extreme in Eternel (swatch here), Pat McGrath She’s Heaven, Sextrology and Christy (here and here).

Bottom Photo: Pat McGrath Blitztrance Flesh3 (here), Charlotte Tilbury Stoned Rose, Glowing Jen, Walk of Shame, Secret Salma, Love Liberty, Viva La Vergara, Amazing Amal, Hel’s Bells.

Comparison Swatches

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Collagen Lip Bath

Charlotte Collagen Lip Bath Peachy Plump and Rosy Glow

She also launched two new shades of her Collagen Lip Bath and increased the size. I reviewed the clear one in Refresh Rose sometime last year and loved the formula, but not for the price and size. The new ones are an improvement and have that same plumping lush finish with a hint of shimmer. Peachy Plump has a little more sparkle and it’s a sheer-medium golden peach. I think Rosy Glow is the prettier option with a finely milled rose shimmer. Right now the tinted options appear to be exclusive to Charlotte Tilbury’s website.

Charlotte Collagen Lip Bath Peachy Plump and Rosy Glow swatches

Charlotte Collagen Lip Bath Peachy Plump swatches

Charlotte Collagen Lip Bath Rosy Glow swatches

All side by side:

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 and Collagen Lip Bath Tinted Shades Review | The Beauty Look Book

Overall some solid winners with the Hot Lips 2 and Tinted Collagen Lip Baths. I think every color I tried works for my skin tone, my favorite is probably In Love With Olivia. If you’re fair or cool toned and find the neutrals pull too warm, I’d recommend you check out the Pat McGrath BlitzTrance shades that just launched. Granted it’s not really comparing similar formulas since the Pat McGrath colors have shimmer and the Hot Lips are creams, but in terms of neutral shades there are a lot of cooler-tones or true neutrals that are easier to wear.

You can find the Hot Lips 2 at all Charlotte Tilbury counters, I bought mine from Nordstrom. The Tinted Collagen Lip Baths are available now online at Charlotte Tilbury, but I’m hoping they will launch at other stores eventually.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

 

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