Friday, April 18, 2014

Chanel Les 4 Ombres #204 Tissé Vendôme, Review, Swatches & FOTD

It is no secret that I went crazy with the new formula of Chanel Les 4 Ombres after swatching all of them at the counter and coming home with two. Then that two became, well, four, then five... I have already reviewed two of them for you. Tisse Vendome, the green quad, was sold out a week after its release in Germany. I can understand that because it is beautiful and that metallic shade is to die for. I have also shown you Tisse Rivoli, which is a superb natural in my opinion. I also got Gabrielle and Camelia, which I will review as soon as possible, then I might as well share Riviera which I recently got. However today I would like to show you Tissé Vendôme because I have an upcoming post which is a slight variation to this color combination.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres #204 Tissé Vendôme

I don't want to repeat everything about the formula but it is very creamy, no fall out, not powdery and color pay-off is very good. I don't think this leaves anything to be desired, at least not to me. Maybe just a little bit more product wouldn't be bad but I am happier with less and effective product once compared to more and ineffective ones. 

Chanel Les 4 Ombres #204 Tissé Vendôme

Tissé Vendôme is one of the unusual combinations in the line. It has a nice vivid corally shade combined with naturals which are leaning khaki. If you follow me for some time, you know that I am not very fond of khakis or warm browns on myself. But this quad is definitely different to the point I would say that it is a home run for those of you with green eyes. 

Close-up: Chanel Les 4 Ombres #204 Tissé Vendôme

Top left: This is a warm mid-brown which may lean a little khaki depending on the light. It has satin finish.

Top right: Light champagne with satin to shimmery finish. This one looks like frost, but it really isn't to me since the shimmer is very fine.

Bottom left: Mid-toned soft coral with satin finish. This color can be built up for more intensity or can be blended with other eye shadows for a slight tone change. I absolutely love that one.

Bottom right: Deep warm brown with satin finish. The shimmer of this one is very subtle, it is not flat but once applied looks more like matte. I like the fact that deep shades are a little more matte, so loving that one as well.

Swatch: Chanel Les 4 Ombres #204 Tissé Vendôme

Two weeks ago I was at Breuninger Chanel counter to meet Chanel International Artist, Yannick Lemaire and get my make-up done. He selected Tissé Vendôme for me and combined it with liner Blue Metallique. Unusual combination? He used the lightest brown over the liner and it appeared green. It was gorgeous, I will try to recreate the look and post at some point. But at the moment, you are stuck with the look I have done.

I used the white in the inner corner and mid brown at the outer corner. I blended them with the coral in the middle and added definition to this look by the darkest brown shade on the crease.

In-action: Chanel Les 4 Ombres #204 Tissé Vendôme

Coral in this palette makes green eyes pop but I am sure it makes interesting things to other eye colors as well, since it brightens up the look and adds that little bit of something to the natural tones. I combined this with nude lips and soft pink cheeks.

FOTD with Chanel Les 4 Ombres #204 Tissé Vendôme

I personally can't wear oranges on the eyes all that well because it makes my eyes look orange (or very yellow) but I think coral works just fine. I became obsessed with coral shades on the lids after i have tried Tissé Vendôme and have seen how nice it may look. Then I took this one one step further but this is the topic of another post. ;-)

Final thoughts: I am loving this formula and adoring the shade combination. I can't recommend this one enough.

Do you wear corals on eyes? Do you have any coral eye shadows?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dior Manucure Transat #210 Yacht, #700 Sailor, #750 Captain Nail Polish and Couture Stickers Duo for Summer 2014, Swatches & Comparison

I am being much behind the posts but it has been a busy week. The ones I promised about will be coming up very soon, as Easter Holidays are approaching and I will have a few days off. Today I have three gorgeous shades from Dior's Summer Collection. Don't you think these three look so pretty together?

Dior Manucure Transat #210 Yacht, #700 Sailor, #750 Captain

Thanks very much to a dear friend, I got these from the early release of Saks. All three polishes come in a bigger box, combined with a cute mini Dior file and nail stickers. These are called Manucure Transat, Nail Polish and Couture Stickers Duo. As the theme of the collection is sailing, they have fun names, Sailor, Yacht and Captain, which makes you say Ahoy! Here are the contents of the package.

Package Contents of Dior Manucure Transat Nail Polish and Couture Stickers Duo

I would like to start by #210 Yacht. This one is that kind of cool natural that I can't get enough of. I can only wear nudes when they are somehow cool or natural. Yacht has a great consistency and it is opaque in two coats. I find them much modern that way. Here is Yacht in shadow and under sun. Although the second picture shows something like a shimmer, this is just reflection of light. Yacht is a true creme.

Dior Manucure Transat #210 Yacht 
Dior Manucure Transat #210 Yacht

It is no surprise that Yacht is close to some other cool naturals I am loving at the moment, including Burberry #103 Ash Rose (reviewed here) which is cooler, Tom Ford Sugar Dune (reviewed here) which pulls more pink. Chanel Frenzy is cooler and Dior #257 Incognito is darker and pinker. I don't have any dupes to Yacht in my collection.

Comparisons for Dior Manucure Transat #210 Yacht 

#750 Captain on board! It is a orangey vivid red with a creme to jelly finish. With two coats Captain is not totally opaque and my nail line can still be seen. This one will make a great summer shade since it just glows under the sun. Below you can see the swatches in two coats and without top coat in shadow and under the sun.

Dior Manucure Transat #750 Captain 
Dior Manucure Transat #750 Captain 

Captain drove my camera crazy, so did the comparison shades all together. Dior's jelly red Calypso is lighter and pinker, Tom Ford #12 Coral Blame is very close and slightly darker. A recent Dior release, Trafalgar is cooler but also close. Chanel #677 Rouge Rubis is darker and cooler.

Comparisons for Dior Manucure Transat #750 Captain 

I saved the best for the last, Sailor... I was thinking I had vivid blue cremes in my collection but I didn't know that I had to yet have the best one coming to me. I love this one on my fingers, it glows, in a good way. It is not neon and this blue is so saturated and pretty, it takes my breath away. Sailor is a true creme and is perfectly opaque in two coats. 

Dior Manucure Transat #700 Sailor 

Dior Manucure Transat #700 Sailor 

I compared Sailor to some other blues, which I thought to be vivid. Look at Dior's Electric Blue or YSL's Bleu Majorelle, they are both lighter and more muted. Chanel Magic is much darker, Dior #607 Blue Denim is Darker and warmer. I have no dupes to Sailor in my stash, also this one makes it now to my favorite mid-blue category. Love at first sight!

Comparisons for Dior Manucure Transat #700 Sailor 

One more side note, these have the new brush of Dior but I don't think they have the gel effect quality of the new shades. It is hard to tell but new polishes do last a little longer. You can see my swatches of the new shades here and here. One more post is coming up with 5 more shades, so stay tuned.

Final thoughts: Three lovely shades from Dior for our summer tips and toes. I have to yet try out the stickers, which look like fun too. My picks would be Yacht and Sailor, which are unique to my stash.

Have you ever tried stickers on your nails? What is the best way to apply them? All tips and tricks are appreciated!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Diorshow Mono Transat Edition #541 Pavillon for Transat Summer 2014 Collection, Review, Swatches & FOTD

Today I have another piece of Dior Summer 2014 Transat Collection to share with you, Diorshow Mono #541 in Pavillon. I have already reviewed both of the quads, if you would like to check out, here and here.

Diorshow Mono Transat Edition #541 Pavillon

Being Transat Edition, Pavillon has a similar matting pattern to center shade of the quads. The powder feels a little dry to touch, this is because it can be used dry & wet and ha a good deal of pigment to it. If used wet, the shimmer and the color is more intense. 

Diorshow Mono Transat Edition #541 Pavillon

In the pan the shade is a peachy gold. Once swatched, the fine rose gold shimmer makes this almost appear duo-chrome, looking more peach or more gold depending on the angle. I find Pavillon to be an easy shade, just to dust on the eye lids and pair with a nude or strong lip for the day time.

Swatch: Diorshow Mono Transat Edition #541 Pavillon

Below I used Pavillon all over the lid and I slightly defined my crease and outer lid with a brown matte shade. This can also be worn alone but I felt like adding a bit more definition. As a liner to this look, I used Urban Decay Twice Baked and finished it with Chanel Le Volume Mascara.

In-action: Diorshow Mono Transat Edition #541 Pavillon

Below you can see the complete look, I think I am wearing Chanel Melodieuse on the lips but don't call me on that. On cheeks I am wearing Diorsnow Fresh Cheeks Blush which I have to yet review. By the way I purchased so many pretty blushers, which I am drying to show you soon but I am behind the reviews. Hope you like this natural polishes eyes look with Pavillon.

FOTD: Diorshow Mono Transat Edition #541 Pavillon

Final thoughts: Pavillon is subtle but very pretty for a polished day look. Just that type of shade that you can't go wrong with, be it combined with a stronger or a nude lip.

Dior Transat is almost on the counters, are you eyeing anything?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

Ready to read confessions of a make-up addict? 

It has been a long time since I was staying away from MAC counter. Although I do like quiet a few of their products. The reason for me was simple, didn't matter how much I would chase a particular shade, I might not be able to get it. The very limited edition products do sell within hours here and this did really put me off the brand. I transferred from a chaser/hunter to a happy customer who just drops by and gets if she happens to like something. With MAC it rarely happens that there is something left that I would like so since months I was cleared from any purchase.

This must be why I didn't know about MAC Proenza Schouler Collection until last Monday. I have seen some colorful packaging at MAC Counter in Breuninger. I approached saying "probably the lipsticks are already sold out right?". A friendly SA smiles "only one of them, all the others are still available".

MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

This answer was unexpected. I swatched the remaning shades (a dark plum called Primrose was sold out) and decided to get the nude one called Woodrose. I sometimes struggle finding a good nude but this one had enough pink inside so didn't make me look like the dead. I was about to pay when SA showed me THAT blusher "what about this one?". I was undecided and shrugged. "Ok, let me try". It was after a long day (of work + lecturing) and I must have been very tired not seeing the originality of the product. It is an Ombre Blusher which goes from a lighter shade to a darker one. After trying out and seeing it looked nice enough to give it a go, I purchased the items and drove back home.

MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

It must have been the lovely packaging which was so inviting, but on the way back home I felt rather guilty about the purchase. After all it was not "planned". I am trying to plan every purchase since I might go overboard easily. Do I needed another blush? What about another nude lipstick? As I was driving back home, I decided to return them during my next visit to the counter.

MAC Proenza Schouler Collection Lipstick in Woodrose

Once I was home, I took them out to have a look inside. The blush seemed to be very heavy so I checked it and have seen that it was 14 g! Considering I used some coupons to get some discount, it was very economical for an interesting effect. After googling about the collection, I learned that they are rather hard to get and in Germany these are released exclusive to Breuninger where I got mine (which explains why the lipsticks were not sold out). I opened the blusher to decide and under better lighting, I have seen that beautiful ombre effect, then I knew returning was not an option.

MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach

I really like the idea of Ombre Blush, which can be used to contour and highlight to accentuate the cheekbones. Or depending on the lipcolor the cheek color can be adjusted from light to dark. There is one more shade, an orange one, which was already sold out at the time I was at the counter but usually I go for pink to brighten up my complexion so I am happy with the purchase. Below you can see the lightest (upper) and darkest (bottom) part of Sunset Beach swatched together with lipstick in Woodrose.

Swatch: MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

Here I am wearing Sunset Beach on the cheeks and Woodrose on the lips. I applied the blush by swirling everything together, then highlighted with the lightest color. It is very pigmented so one should use a light hand. Sunset Beach wears extremely well on me, over 12 hours and counting.

FOTD with MAC Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

EDIT: I have seen that there was a lack of swatches for both Ombre Blushes, so went to the counter and swatched them both for you, hope it is helpful. US Release is now announced to be on the 21st of April.

Counter Swatch: MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach and Ocean City

I am going to edit this post with another FOTD tonight since I am wearing the blush and the lipstick today again in a more cheek defined look. Loving it, seriously, Sunset must be my favorite blush at the moment.
EDIT: I am going to post the look I have mentioned above with the upcoming Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Quad review. 

Final thoughts: Although I am not fan of impulse buys and believe that they make me give wrong decisions, this time I was lucky enough to be there on the right time. I think Sunset beach is really a stand out, also very economical for the price considering huge amount of product you are getting. If you can get your hands on this one or the orange one called Ocean City, I recommend you to grab one.

Have you seen any Ombre Blushers before? What do you think about the idea?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed for Summer 2014, Review, Swatch, Comparison & FOTD

It must be around January when I was playing around with lipsticks and nail polishes at our small Tom Ford counter, I happened to ask if they know about the future releases. SA pulled out a brochure and opened it up to show me the new lipsticks and nail polishes, then I have seen a compact which was round and divided, she nodded "this is for summer!".

Yes, it is round, the compact is sleek and hefty. Here is the star product of Tom Ford Summer Collection, Unabashed.

Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

Unabashed might look like a new word to extensive(!) Tom Ford vocabulary, but it doesn't count as one since it is just a version of another word which is already included. Do you remember the nail polish from last Holiday, Shameless? Most used words remain the same, namely, Haze, Smoke, Orchid, Bitch and Lust. I have heard that Titanium Smoke will be discontinued and replaced by a new quad called Smoked Bitch but I might be just making it up so don't call me on that. ;-))

Don't get me wrong though, I like Tom Ford make-up, which must be my worst addiction. Each season it  becomes more and more dangerous for my pocket. The only thing I can't get along with must be the names...

But what makes this compact so shameless? Its golden dropping luxury screaming ivory case or combination of five generously sized products in one? Might be the price?

Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

Ivory compact is really elegant. Unabashed has the same size as Tom Ford bronzers and has 13.5 g/.47 OZ of product, which is larger than their regular quads (10g) or in other words includes three of their trios (4.5 g). I got mine from Selfridges and there it costs only £3 more than their regular Eye Shadow Quads. Thin but big compact might be practical or not that practical depending on your storage ways and your handbag forms but no one would ever deny that it looks hefty and luxurious. I would like to believe that this is not designed for a evening hand bag but for a beach tote. Or maybe Mr. Ford is about to design a bag in which this can fit in?

Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

Inside the compact there are five products for eyes and cheeks. Intuitively one would think that left hand side is for eyes and right hand side is for cheeks, but we will come to that again. All of the product are powder. 

Left hand side has (classified as it looks in the picture below):
Top: Light champagne glitter on a transparent base
Middle: Mid-toned natural taupe with matte finish, 
Bottom: An insanely pigmented deep blue with matte finish.

Right hand side contains:
Top: Medium copper with satin to shimmery finish
Bottom: Medium coral pink with satin finish.

Close-up: Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

Glitter shade felt somehow dry to touch and it was a little harder than usual to get the product. On the lids though, it performed well, giving a wash of glitter to add a little bit of something to the eye makeup. 

Two matte shades are very smooth. They feel almost creamy to the touch and they don't kick excess powder. These mattes are both to die for. I don't think I own anything similar, so pigmented but at the same time they are so easy to build up and blend. At some point I was wondering if Mr. Ford collaborated with an alien laboratory to bring a new formula out of this world. I wouldn't be surprised as the blue shade could even be applied dry on the lower water line!  

The face part of the palette is a little confusing. Blush applies beautifully but bronzer/highlighter shade is too dark to be a highlighter for me and too shimmery to be a bronzer. I mixed it with the blush to get a bronzy effect going on on the cheeks and it worked fine. It is so pigmented, I believe it can also be used as an eye shadow.

Swatch (studio lighting): Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed
Swatch (sun): Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

For the look below I only used Tom Ford Unabashed for eyes (no liner), just added mascara. On the cheeks I have both of the cheek shades layered. On my lips, I have the highlighter/lip stick Solar Gold (reviewed here) from the same collection. For eyes I applied taupe shade all over the lid and accentuated it with blue shade. I used blue as a liner as well. I then padded some glitter with my fingers on the inner corner, which doesn't who's up on this photo but the effect was gorgeous under low light.

FOTD: Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

I pulled out some other palettes for comparisons. I was mostly wondering how taupe and glitter compares to that of She Wolf and Silvered Topaz. I also took out Cobalt Rush to compare it with the blue shade.

Comparison: Tom Ford Unabashed vs. Tom Ford She Wolf, Silvered Topaz and Cobalt Blue

As far as taupes go, Unabashed has the lightest matte shade among the others, which is a little darker than the lighter shimmery taupes from She Wolf and Silvered Topaz. Taupe in Unabashed is unique in its way of being mid-toned and matte. It is warmer than She-Wolf.

Taupe Shade in Tom Ford Unabashed Compared to She-Wolf and Silvered Topaz

Unabashed has the most subtle glitter of all three as Silvered Topaz and She Wolf have more opacity.

Glitter Shade in Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed Compared to She-Wolf and Silvered Topaz

The blue from the other world (the one in Unabashed) is no other blue on earth, therefore this comparison with Cobalt Rush makes no sense but I leave it here for a reference.

Blue Shade in Tom Ford Unabashed Compared to Cobalt Rush

After all comparisons were over, a thought stroke me. That matte taupe shade suddenly looked so intriguing as a contour. Then I was almost sure it would be very close to Kevin Aucoin's Sculpting Powder but it turns out it is a little cooler than that one. The level of pigmentation is close though, so this one would also work. Oh and it is still warmer than Notorious, so be sure to give it a go.

Tomorrow I will try the bronzer shade on the eyes and taupe shade on the cheeks!

Tom Ford Unabashed Taupe Shade Compared to Kevin Aucoin Sculpting and Chanel Notorious

See more swatches and beautiful pictures from Jenny and Ebru. Ebru also has the analysis of ingredients.

Final thoughts: Unabashed is something every beauty addict can enjoy. I believe this one will also look gorgeous on deeper skin tones. It is something I would love wearing even more after I become my black self during summer (which is unavoidable even with so many factors of SPF). Unabashed has some great matte formulation which I hope to see more from Tom Ford.

Will you be checking out Unabashed? 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck for Transat Summer 2014 Collection, Review, Swatches, Comparison & FOTD

Dior madness goes on at Color Me Loud since I laid my hands on some of their Summer Collection pieces, special thanks go to lovely Teresa from Barcelona. After being blown away by the nice pigment and formula as well as the color combination of 5 Couleurs #344 in Atlantique, today I would like to introduce you to a more natural alternative for those of you who like soft summer looks, Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 in Sundeck.

Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck

The first time I have seen the promo pictures, I knew I had to get it because:
1) That dark shade was looking so intriguing
2) The orange in the middle made me curious to see how it would combine with the antique gold on the bottom left.

To me it was clear that if the pigmentation of the product would live up my expectations considering how good the quality was across the board for last Dior releases (I am loving the ones from holiday and last fall), I had to have Sundeck.

Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck

Last year many palettes were released with theme "soft peach". To name a few: Chanel Ombres Matelasees in Pearl River, Armani Summer 2013 Face & Eye, Clarins Splendours. Sundeck though is different to all of these since it starts with the peach theme and an orange combination but then at the bottom of the palette brings these together with a khaki/taupe and a deep plum.

Close-up: Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck

Here is the list of shades in Sundeck:

Top left: Light matte tan shade. This is great for a base as well as to soften the edges on the crease. It is very close to my skin tone ( a little lighter) which makes it a nice subtle highlighter under brow bone too.
Top right: Light peachy gold with satin finish. It is great for the inner corner or all over the lid for a subtle soft look. It is also very pigmented and soft.

Bottom left: Mid-toned gold with a khaki undertone, satin finish. I would describe it as antique gold. It is a very lovely shade for all year around, very soft and pigmented too.

Bottom right: Very deep plum with matte to satin finish. This one is less shimmery than the golden shades, hence great for a liner or deepen the crease. Lovely consistency, it is pigmented but not out-of control kind of pigmented if you know what I mean.

Center: Mid-toned orange with matte to satin finish. Shimmer in this one is very subtle, and it is one of the most pigmented oranges I have come across. Once used on the lid, it shows up very nicely without having to layer it many times. Lovely twist to this beautiful natural quint.

Swatch (studio lighting): Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck

What I especially like about Sundeck is the darkest shade. It could be a warm brown but this plum is so much edgier and more interesting. It also cools down the whole thing a little, making it wearable for natural and cooler complexions. You know antique gold is not my favorite on my eyes but this one is really lovely and combines so well with the rest. I would definitely prefer this one to a more yellow, warmer gold tone.

Swatch (sun):Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck

Here is Sundeck on my eyes. I applied matte shade all over as a base to start with. Then added the light gold to the inner corner and antique gold to the outer corner, I left a little gap in between the two, applied the orange in the middle and blended with the other two. I then defined my crease with the darkest shade and softened any edges with the light tan shade. I also added a little bit of orange to the lower lash line, exactly below the one from above.

In-action: Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck

Here is the whole look using Sundeck, I am wearing Tom Ford Sweet Spot on the lips and Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole on the cheeks. I wore Sundeck this Saturday when I was meeting lovely Shelynx from "Der blasse Shimmer". I really recommend her blog (in German), I am also an avid reader. And yes we had some great time shopping as you may imagine ;-)

FOTD using Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck

I thought I would also show you the comparisons with the closest Dior Quint from my stash. It is Dior 5 Couleurs Croisette Edition #654 Aurora from Summer 2012. I loved Aurora and wore it many times since then but I always found it a little too warm for my taste. Make-up gods must have granted my wish and sent Sundeck on earth ;-)

Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck vs. Croisette Edition #654 Aurora

Here is a comparison of these two, you see that Aurora has a very light frosty pink which I could also use on my tear duct as a highlighter. The gold shade (top left) is really very yellow, and the deeper shade has more shimmer and warmth. To me Sundeck is like a revamped version of Aurora, no "too yellow" golds, the darkest shade is more matte, hence can give better depth and lightest shade is much more usable than the frosty pink.

Swatch (sun): Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition #564 Sundeck vs. Croisette Edition #654 Aurora

My last obsession is to pad a crazy matte shade in the middle of the eye lid. I found it to be a modern way to add a little bit of something without being too over the top. Sundeck gives me the perfect orange shade to do this but it can also be worn in a more classical way, if you prefer.

Final thoughts: If you like a natural palette with a twist, Sundeck is a must have for this Summer.

Orange eye shadow for a change, would you see yourself combining it with your natural eye look?