Friday, 22 August 2014

CHANEL ROUGE COCO SHINE LIPSHINE IN CONFIDENT (94)


The latests addition to my collection of lipsticks is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Confident (94). It's a part of Chanel's autumn 2014 collection which is called Etats Poetiques. In general, it's a beautiful collection but Confident was the only shade that I really liked. Apparently it will be joining the permanent range of Rouge Coco Shines! I've been using Rouge Coco Shines for a very long time by now and even though I believe there are other lipsticks that excel at different categories (hydration, staying power, pigmentation etc) but these lipshines combine all the characteristics that are important to me personally so I keep coming back to them. 

What I like the most about Chanel lipsticks is the range of colours. Normally it doesn't take me a long time to find the colours that suit my style and mood, they are often very chic and wearable. There's something sophisticated about them. I do believe that the formulas of Chanel lipsticks are not the best, there are better ones on the market. For example, Rouge Volupte Shine from YSL is fantastic, it is truly hydrating, long lasting and creamy, but unfortunately there are just a couple of colours I like from the whole range while I would not say no to any of Rouge Coco Shine from Chanel. The elegance of Chanel colours is comparable to the elegance of Dior Addict lipstick range but I prefer the packaging of Chanel. I do like the range of Burberry lipstick colours but Burberry counters are not as widespread. Also, there are many products from Chanel that I really like so it is convenient to get their lipsticks as well. I do hope though, that they will re-formulate their Rouge Coco lipsticks as the formula seems dated. 

As for Confident, it's a beautiful sheer dusty rose/plummy shade which reminds me of Boy (but with no shimmer and less pink) and Mademoiselle (05) Rouge Coco. It's one of those chic shades that looks better on. It's very close to the natural lip pigment so on me it gives my lips a slightly deeper colour. It doesn't sound like alot especially when it's not even that hydrating, but it is a truly elegant shade, it makes you look polished. I find it much more attractive for autumn than peachy/coral shades that have been so popular in the past few years! 

CHANEL STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF EYELINER IN CASSIS


The other day I went to John Lewis to take a look at the the new Chanel collection of makeup for autumn 2014. The only thing that really attracted me was a Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Confident (94). I've noticed that I gravitate towards dusty rose and plummy colours once my summer tan starts to fade so I decided to get an eyeliner in Cassis as well. Cassis is a deep plum shade. This eyeliner is a twist up (and down!) pencil with a tiny sharpener on the other side of the pencil. It's waterproof and very long lasting. I am so impressed with it so far that I would even say that it's the nicest eyeliner I've used. In general Chanel eyeliners are great, both quality and colour range but this one really exceeded all my expectations. The extra fine line can be achieved and, on my eyes at least, it lasts the whole day (usually 8 AM until late evening). It's slightly harder than other Chanel pencils that I own but it's not difficult to apply and actually it results in more precision. By the end of the day I am glad to find out that it still looks fresh and neat. I would definitely recommend checking this one out! 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

CHANEL GLOSSIMER LIP GLOSS IN GIGGLE (46)

Chanel glossimers are probably my favourite lip glosses on the market. I've tried many but I always keep coming back to these ones. I do prefer the non-shimmery ones simply because I like a glossy finish more than a sparkly one. Chanel glossimers are comfortable to wear, non-drying and non sticky lip glosses. The range of colours is beautiful and many of the new options (the seasonal editions) are often very tempting. In time for autumn I decided to go for Giggle, which is a medium dusty rose with no shimmer. It's a truly beautiful, a very classic, very Chanel colour. Plus, it looks so much better on the lips! It's an almost lip colour for many, so it looks very natural and polished, a great companion for a set of pearl earrings. As my lips are naturally pigmented with a hint of rosy pink, Giggle looks slightly warmer and slightly brownish, but overall it's still a beautiful dusty rose colour. I wear mine teamed with Misty-Soft eyeshadow duo from Chanel.



CHANEL GLOSSIMER LIP GLOSS IN GIGGLE (TOP) AND DOLCE&GABBANA LIP GLOSS IN SEDUCTION (BOTTOM)


Thursday, 14 August 2014

RIMMEL LONDON 60 SECONDS NAIL POLISH IN ROSE LIBERTINE (405)

RIMMEL LONDON 60 SECONDS NAIL POLISH IN ROSE LIBERTINE (405)

I'm not a drugstore makeup addict, as even though I believe some drustore makeup products can be good and are good, there is always something that puts me off them, like scents, messy displays, packaging etc. Recently, however, I went to a local Boots store which is big but they don't stock any high-end makeup brands at all so I was walking around the store trying to find something and this Rimmel nail polish caught my eye. Rose Libertine is a super pretty rosy pink shade which is a sheer rosy nude with 1 coat and a brigher opaque rosy pink with 2 coats. I love this colour as there's something elegant about it, it's not neon and not too bright, but just a playful and juicy shade of rose. I didn't have any expectations at all when I picked it up as I thought that nothing could compare with high-end nail polishes, but I was pleasantly surprised. The brush is fantastic and reminds me of the Lancome one (which is not too thin and not too wide&flat). It works well for my very short and small nails. The only colour I can compare Rose Libertine to is Rose Attrape-Coeur by Lancome which I mentioned in one of my posts. To be honest, Rose Libertine is the colour I expected Rose Attrape-Coeur to be like before I saw it in person, and I even prefer it to the Lancome one, the colour is definitely more elegant and goes better with my skintone. Overall, I can't say I love the whole Rimmel colour range or all the finishes and names, but this particular shade is making me happy!

RIMMEL LONDON 60 SECONDS NAIL POLISH IN ROSE LIBERTINE (405)

RIMMEL LONDON 60 SECONDS NAIL POLISH IN ROSE LIBERTINE (405)

RIMMEL LONDON 60 SECONDS NAIL POLISH IN ROSE LIBERTINE (405) AND LANCOME NAIL POLISH IN ROSE ATTRAPE-COEUR

ESTEE LAUDER PURE COLOR ENVY SCULPTING LIPSTICK IN DESIRABLE


Recently I purchased a set which contains Estee Lauder mascara and a miniature of their latest lipstick (Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick). I'm a big fan of Estee Lauder mascaras but their lipsticks are truly hit and miss (at least to me!). I have not got much to say about the mascara I got as I simply love it (Sumptuous Bold Volume) but it was the first time when I properly tried the new sculpting lipsticks from Estee Lauder. Since they were launched a few months ago I looked into them a few times trying to "fall in love" with them. However I always went for something different. This time I got this miniature I could test it and see if it worked for me. 

Desirable is a pinky nude, which looks slightly darker on my skin than it does on my lips. The coverage is full and even heavy, I tried wearing it with a lipbalm and without lipbalm and I always feel the lipstick on my lips (a slightly clingy feeling). The scent reminds me of MAC lipsticks but it's not as noticeable. I can't use MAC lipsticks because of their fragrance so this one is somewhat off putting to me as well. It took me a while to get used to the fig scent of some other Estee Lauder lipsticks but I can tolerate it, especially when the formula is nice. My all-time favourite formula from Estee Lauder is Long Lasting Crystal lipstick, especially the ones with creamy finish. Those lipsticks are absolutely fantastic and Crystal Nude has been my favourite nude for a long time (a perfect balance between rosy and beige). As much as I love the Crystal lipsticks, I really can not get on with the Envy Sculpting ones. I don't mind full coverage lipsticks as long as they feel comfortable and wear off evenly (like the Bobbi Brown ones, for example). I simply find the newest Estee Lauder lipsticks too uncomfortable. I can see why someone might like them but I wouldn't blame anyone who doesn't either. 

As for the colour I've got, it's too pale for my lips and looks chalky (it reminds me of Brilliant Bare Pure Color Vivid Shine lipstick from Estee Lauder, another formula I can't get on with). If you ask my opinion, the best formulas from Estee Lauder would be the Crystal and the Hydra Lustre. 

ESTEE LAUDER PURE COLOR ENVY SCULPTING LIPSTICK IN DESIRABLE

ESTEE LAUDER PURE COLOR ENVY SCULPTING LIPSTICK IN DESIRABLE

ESTEE LAUDER PURE COLOR ENVY SCULPTING LIPSTICK IN DESIRABLE (LEFT) AND ESTEE LAUDER CRYSTAL LIPSTICK IN CRYSTAL NUDE (RIGHT)