Friday, July 25, 2014

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 13 Skin Tones for Fall 2014 Ladylike Collection, Swatch, Review & FOTD

It is almost weekend! Plans are to go shopping and to eat at our favourite restaurant (Japanese cuisine, yummy!). Additionally I will try to practice some type of sports (Zumba?) and avoide all types of sweets (no chocolate!), my summer holiday is getting closer and I have to get in shape :-P

Today I have a gorgeous palette for the natural lovers. Lastly I was told the "nudy tunes" part of my blog description is not particularly noticable *lol*. So I decided to go for something nude today.

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 13 Skin Tones

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 13 Skin Tones is going to be released with Fall 2014 Collection called Ladylike. Although I am not particularly a fan of the name which sounds to me like lady bug lol, I really like the promo photos (check them out here). Once the collection hits the counters, I will check out the blush, which looks gorgeous on promo images. I am not sure what the model is wearing on her eyes since it looks more rosy. The palette though has more browny and bony tones...

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 13 Skin Tones

#13 Skin Tones is for those of us, who don't like shimmer too much and don't get along too well with warm naturals. This one has cooler naturals with matte and satin finish. Sounds like a dream? Like something you were looking for? Let me go on ...

Close-up: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 13 Skin Tones

When I opened the compact, my eyes shone. Two mattes two satins and cool naturals, yes! Then I started shooting photos from every angle, love the combination. Then I wanted to swatch it... Ouch, no color pay off. I am used to Clarins Palettes having one problem shade but this one was so dry across the board. The following swatches are dry and they required multiple swipes of each eye shadow, like maybe five times? Then I remembered these could be used wet as well, huh, why haven't I thought about it before? The eye makeup below is done mostly with wet application and I can say they perform much better once they are wet...

Top left: A light nude/tan with satin finish and subtle golden shimmer. This shade is almost non-recognizable on my skin tone since it blends with it.

Top right: A light off-white with rosy beige undertones and matte finish. This one was rather chalky once used dry. Once used wet, it was chalky again, but rather like a wet chalk :-} You know how a wet chalk performs then you understand what I mean. (Reminds me of my classes lol) But let me tell you something, if you can get the right amount on your brush, this shade is stunning! Don't ask me how a chalk can be stunning, just check out the photos below and you will see since I applied it all the way to the mid of the lid and it brightens up the look like no other.

Bottom right: A mid-toned cool brown with satin finish. Another gorgeous shade, it has a tad of pink in it to make it very flattering. This one shows much better on my skin and performs better once used wet, but can also be used dry.

Bottom left: A deep natural brown with matte finish, dark enough to define and line.

Swatch: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 13 Skin Tones

Here is the resulting eye look, top left shade is too subtle on me to show up on the camera so I layered it with top right (off-white matte) all the way to the mid of the lid. I then used bottom right shade at the outer corner and defined my crease with the darkest brown (bottom left). I was rather disappointed after the swatches but I liked the application on the eyes, once certain shades are used wet.

In-action: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 13 Skin Tones

Below I combined my nudish eyes with Tom Ford Wicked on the cheeks, Rouge d'Armani Sheers in #603 on the lips. Lipstick is from Armani's Bright Ribbon Collection and I am really loving it. Thanks to MACina from Specktra for enabling me on that one. You can read my review of #604 here which was rather too sheer for my taste but I am happy to report that #603 performs much better on me and it combines well with Wicked.

FOTD with Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 13 Skin Tones & Armani Sheer Lipstick in 603

Final thoughts: I always have a place for a good cool toned natural palette with combination of mattes and satins and Clarins Mineral Palette #13 Skin Tones fits the bill. It has to be mentioned though, you can only fully appreciate it if you don't mind wet application.

Clarins Fall Collection should be available in August. I got mine from a friend (hugs to Teresa) who is fortunate enough to receive products in advance.

What do you think, will you be checking out #13 Skin Tones or do you have closer shades in your stash?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chanel Les 4 Ombres #202 Tissé Camelia, Review, Swatches, Comparison & FOTD

Chanel released eight new Les 4 Ombres a few months ago in Europe and the collection rolled out about a month ago around the globe. If you follow me, you must have understood how crazy I am for this new formula. It is certainly one of my favorites out there at the moment, so the story goes, fast forward to the day, I ended up with all eight of them. I have reviewed six of them previously (check out the end of this post for the links) and here comes the seventh, one of the coolest among them, iridescent pink, taupe and plummy brown, it is #202 Tissé Camelia.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres #202 Tissé Camelia

Camelia is definitely one of those quads which will look best on paler and cooler complexions. It has very good color pay-off but the shades are rather muted and light. They are also not metallic like other quads, such as Rivoli or Venetien, so if you are not getting along with metallic shades, you may want to check out Camelia. It is the understated beauty among the others (along with Mademoiselle), great for a polished and feminine day look.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres #202 Tissé Camelia

Two of the shades, the taupe on the top left and the pink on bottom left have iridescent almost duo chrome quality which brings this palette to life. Under certain light, they have beautiful multi dimensional sheen. Call me crazy but this makes me visit the bathroom mirror from time to time just to check it out, anyone relate with my unhealthy obsession?. ;-)

Close-up (with flash): Chanel Les 4 Ombres #202 Tissé Camelia
Trying to find swatches which are color accurate was not that easy. I had some swatches under the sun but found out the shades don't show their qualities and get washed out by that. The best light to show the multi-dimensional effect is indoor lighting. Still it is hard to capture the real beauty. 

Top left: Mid-toned taupe with slight lavender undertones. It is one of the duo-chromish shades and just to say that it has satin to shimmery finish would be an understatement. It is really lovely.

Top right: Shimmery off-white with a touch of pink. This has great color pay-off and lovely as a highlighter on the inner corner or once sparingly used, it also looks great under the brow bone.

Bottom left: A light iridescent peachy pink with duo chrome effect and very fine shimmer. It is my favorite shade of the quad, something like magic happens when I apply it on my lids, it brightens up the look in a very unique way. Love it!

Bottom right: A deep plummy brown with satin to matte finish. This one is dark enough for some drama if you are in need of one. It also can be used as a liner. Another lovely shade.

Swatch (studio lighting): Chanel Les 4 Ombres #202 Tissé Camelia

Now before I go on to in-action photos, I see my brows and tell myself "girl now you need a pair of tweezers" :-P Although my brows look like I am not plugging them, I have to say I do (very lightly!) because they get out of control (see below!). So for the time being please no comments about how bushy they look, lol, I will address this issue tonight!

Below I applied the white at the inner corner, pink at the lid all the way to the outer corner and taupe at the outer corner. I then defined the look with the deep brown on crease. Can you see how much the pink brightens up my lids? Have I already told you that I love it?

In-action: Chanel Les 4 Ombres #202 Tissé Camelia and my bushy eye brows

I thought I was missing a bright lip for so long so here is the rest of the look with Tom Ford Wicked on the cheeks (special thanks to Dawn who swapped it with me!), Guerlain Rouge G #864 in Rose Grenat on the lips, applied almost as a stain (yes it is so bright!)

FOTD with Chanel Les 4 Ombres #202 Tissé Camelia and Guerlain Rouge G #864 Rose Grenat

And to those of you who wonders how Tisse Camelia compares to a recently released Duo #70 Rose Majeur (which is also permanent), here you see that both shades of the duo are very different: Pink shade of Rose Majeur is warmer and brighter, dark shade is cooler and is more plummy. Another difference which is hard to capture is that Tisse Camelia has a duo chromish iridescent quality which Rose Majeur doesn't have. Needless to say that my pick from these two is Tisse Camelia.

Swatch, comparison outdoors, Chanel Les 4 Ombres #202 Tissé Camelia and Chanel Duo #70 Rose Majeur

Also check out the following posts if you haven't made up your mind yet. I will also review the last quad (Cambon) soon and write a wrap-up.
Final thoughts: Chanel Les 4 Ombres #202 Tissé Camelia is a lovely understated beauty, great for a polished day look, I believe it is best suited to lighter and cooler complexions, if you have tried it and made it work on a medium to darker complexion, it would be lovely if you let us know at the comment section below. And that iridescent pink on bottom left corner, it is to die for!

Are you also going bananas over these quads? Have you picked any yet?