Monday, April 21, 2014

Wearing Coral on Eyes: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Solo Eyeshadow #23 Corallo, Swatch, Review & FOTD

Today I am in holiday mood since we have holidays on Friday and Monday in Germany, so I would like to post about something fun. I thought why not "Coral On Eyes"?

We all wear coral on cheeks, coral on lips or on nails, but what about eyes? I would like to experiment with this after seeing how a peachy apricot may brighten up the look, so went for something more... Intense...

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Solo Eyeshadow #23 Corallo

You know how excited I was seeing the new Giorgio Armani Solos at the counter some time ago. These are not released all around the globe yet but I suspect that it will soon reach everywhere. You can see swatches of all the shades here. The range has some matte and some naturals as well as vivid shades which you don't see often at high end market. I first went with a safe choice and got #9 Tadzio to try out. I really liked that shade and wore it often since then. 

Then I figured out I was missing all the edgy shades in there. The decision was not that easy so I got #14, which was another safe shade. The third visit to the counter, I was determined to get something more fun. I was in a good mood, it was a sunny day and this happened...

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Solo Eyeshadow #23 Corallo

#23 Corallo is one of the limited edition items in this range together with #22 and #24. It is definitely an interesting shade but not only that, it is vivid in a not overwhelming way, if that makes sense. All the other shades have some fine shimmer to them whereas Corallo's shimmer is even more subdued which makes it more wearable. Below you can see the shade I have at the moment but I already reserved two more, so stay tuned for more looks coming up. I will also post a look with #14 and #21 soon. Today it is all about Corallo.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Solo Eyeshadows #9 Tadzio, #14 Aurore, #21 Moon Jelly, #23 Corallo

Below picture shows how subtle Corallo's shimmer is. It is also very pigmented but not too much, again very balanced between the color and the shimmer. I am seriously loving this range and I can see me getting more and more shades along the way.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow swatches #9 Tadzio, #14 Aurore, #21 Moon Jelly, #23 Corallo

I would like to show you two ways to wear Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo in #23 Corallo. First is a bold look with coral all over the lids. I also deepened the crease just slightly by adding some matte brown from my Laura Mercier Artist's Palette as well as a dark brown liner from Urban Decay. Below I am also wearing Chanel Le Volume mascara.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Solo Eyeshadow #23 Corallo all over the lid

Since I am not that much experienced with coral on eyes, I experimented a little with different lipstick and blushers. Below I am wearing Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric #305 in Dolci, which I would like to review soon. It is a soft coral shade with not much yellow nor red, which I find to be fitting to this look. 

On the lips, I tried some coral shades, which I thought to be not that flattering. I really like a pink toned nude with this look. Below I am wearing MAC Woodrose from Proenza Schouler Collection (reviewed here).  As you see the resulting look is not something scary ;-) I  can even imagine myself wearing it for a business occasion. What do you think?

FOTD with Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Solo Eyeshadow #23 Corallo all over the lid

Alternatively if you think it is too much coral on eyes for you and you would like to wear it combining with a natural, below you can see Corallo combined Tadzio and used as an accent color. For this purpose, I like using Rouge Bunny Rouge Blender Brush (recently reviewed here) to get the color intensity. 

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Solo Eyeshadow #23 Corallo as an accent color to #9 Tadzio

The eyes are again combined with soft peachy blusher and some bronzer as well as nude lips. It is more of a smokier look than the one above but at the same time you could classify it as natural eyes with a twist. This one might be easier to pull off if you haven't slept very well (redness in the eyes) or you have a bad skin day (blemishes on the face). 

FOTD with Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow #23 Corallo and #9 Tadzio

Final thoughts: I am loving coral on the eyes for this Spring/Summer. Thanks to Giorgio Armani for releasing something fun for those of us who like experimenting. #23 Corallo is listed as limited edition so check it out sooner than later.

At the moment #23 is sold out in Germany (as for now only Breuninger carries these new eyeshadows), they may restock soon though. As of today Douglas lists these as "item coming soon". This line should be released soon at other countries.

What do you think about the resulting looks, do you think you would wear them during the day?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blusher Brush #002, Face Contour Brush #012, Highlighter Brush #014, Large Shader Brush #003 and Blender Brush #016, Review & Comparisons

I wish you all 
           Happy Easter Holidays!!

I thought there is nothing more fitting than a Rouge Bunny Rouge post for Easter. I have been testing five of their brushes for the last couple of weeks and today Mr. Bunny and me would like to present you these.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Brushes #002, #012, #014, #003 and #016

Rouge Bunny Rouge Brush line has 16 Brushes to cover all our needs. The range extends from Foundation to Concealer, Eye to Lip, Brow and Cheeks, designed to make the best use of RBR products. Handles are black and made of wood, ferrule is black metal. Except Brow Brush, the hairs are usually medium to dark brown. I believe some of the darker brushes are slightly dyed to unify the color of the hairs since I noticed slightly darker water at the washing process but after a few washes, this is not noticeable anymore.

I would like to start with one of my favorite brushes in this line, #002 Blusher Brush. It is made of natural squirrel hair and it is densely packed. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blusher Brush #002

I found the density and shape of #002 Blusher Brush is close to Tom Ford #06 Cheek Brush, which is one of my all time favorite cheek brushes after Suqqu Cheek. I use Suqqu Cheek to blend soft shades that I apply with TF Cheek or to apply more pigmented blushes. If I have the time I also use it for less pigmented blushes but since it is very soft, to build up the color takes more time so it is not an option for me in the mornings when I am rushing to work. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blusher Brush #002 vs. Tom Ford #06 Cheek, Suqqu Cheek and Bobbi Brown Blusher

The softness of Rouge Bunny Rouge is very close to Tom Ford Cheek, which is made of goat but much softer compared to other goat brushes I own. A major advantage of RBR Blusher for me is that it is not white. I found myself getting obsessed about keeping Tom Ford white and washing it way too often, which I am sure has a negative effect on the durability of the brush. I think the effectiveness of application of these two brushes are very close. Considering that Tom Ford is over 80 EUR whereas Rouge Bunny Rouge retails just for 50 EUR makes #002 Blusher even more attractive. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blusher Brush #002 vs. Tom Ford #06 Cheek

One more shot where Mr. Bunny is showing us the cross sections of Tom Ford and Rouge Bunny Rouge side by side. All of the photos are taken after washing the brushes but I keep Tom Ford in a brush guard at the moment, therefore it appears in a better shape. I need to order brush guard for my new love RBR Blusher to keep a few of its rebellious hairs in place.  

Bottom line: Rouge Bunny Rouge #002 Blusher already replaced my Tom Ford Cheek Brush in my morning make-up routine since it has very similar effectiveness and softness but requires less washing (not white). I am loving it.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blusher Brush #002 vs. Tom Ford #06 Cheek

Next brush Mr. Bunny and I would like to show you is #012 Face Contour Brush. This has similar qualities to #002 Blusher Brush in terms of softness and density but it has shorter hair. Face Contour Brush is also made of squirrel hair.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Face Contour Brush #012

Once compared to Tom Ford #02 Cream Foundation brush, RBR Face Contour Brush is bigger and has longer bristles. I like using Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush to apply cream blusher. I liked using RBR Face Contour Brush to add a darker shade of blusher or bronzer to contour my cheeks. I like smaller brushes to have more control on the application process. I also tried using Face Contour Brush with Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder but found out that since it is a dense brush, it picked way too much product. If you want to use it for this purpose, I think to get the access powder at the back of your hand is the way to go. To me RBR Face Contour Brush works better with less pigmented contouring powders such as Chanel Notorious. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Face Contour Brush #012 vs. RBR #002, Tom Ford #06, #02 and Suqqu Cheek

One more shot to show you the cross section of the bristles. RBR Face Contour Brush has slightly smaller cross section once compared to RBR Blusher Brush but it can apply the product in a denser way since the hair is shorter therefore it has a stronger hold of its bristles.

Bottom line: Rouge Bunny Rouge Face Contour Brush promises you to get the best of your less pigmented contouring powders.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Face Contour Brush #012 vs. RBR #002, Tom Ford #06, #02 and Suqqu Cheek

Given that both #002 Blusher and #12 Face Contour are made of squirrel hair, I like using them for powder products. As for the cream products go, Rouge Bunny Rouge has recent additions to their brush line, such as #014 Highlighter Brush which is made of synthetic bristles. 

Highlighter Brush has a very interesting flat shape with short hair and is designed for Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination Liquid Highlighters, which I still need to try out. I tried this brush with Tom Ford Fire Lust Highlighter, Dior Skin Illuminating Base as well as Armani Fluid Sheers and it worked very well with all of these liquid products. I think the best way to use Highlighter Brush is to pick up some product and gently pat it onto the skin so that I don't drag my foundation around.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighter Brush #014 vs. Tom Ford #04 Shade & Illuminate Brush

Once compared to Tom Ford's Shade & Illuminate brush, which is also a short and flat brush with synthetic bristles, Rouge Bunny Rouge #14 Highlighter Brush is thicker therefore stiffer. I think Shade & Illuminate is hard to control since it is short and rather thin. I find Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighter working well with both contour and highlighter products. I recommend though that after contour is applied, you blend it with a kabuki for a natural look. RBR Highlighter Brush retails for 30 EUR and I believe Shade & Illuminate is around 60 EUR. Below Mr. Bunny shows you the cross sections of each brush. 

Bottom line: If you work with creme products, you may want to add Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighter Brush to your stash for its unique shape. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighter Brush #014 vs. Tom Ford #04 Shade & Illuminate Brush

I would also like to talk about two eye brushes from Rouge Bunny Rouge Range: #003 Large Shader Brush and #016 Blender Brush.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Large Shader Brush #003 and Blender Brush #016

Rouge Bunny Rouge #003 Large Shader Brush is a rather large eye shadow brush to pack color over the lid. Although I like smaller laying brushes, I also have a few larger brushes in my stash which I especially use for singles or wash of color for stronger lip looks. Laura Mercier's All Over Eye Color Brush is a little too large for me and doesn't receive much love at the moment. The longer bristles of Tom Ford #11 make it hard for me to control the application and I find this one better for wash of color. My MAC #239 is the least loved of all since it is very thin and doesn't pack many powder all at once. With this one I have to go more times between the pan and my lid, which is no option for me in the mornings. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Large Shader now became my go to laying brush for large areas and singles. For more detailed work, I reach for my Hakuhodo G5507 (horse), which is my holy grail laying brush. Rouge Bunny Rouge also offers a smaller shader brush, which I yet have to try out.

#003 Large Shader is made of pony hair, which is great if you also like applying your eye shadows damp like I do. 

Bottom Line: Great for all over color on your eyelids. It can be used dry as well as damp. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Large Shader Brush #003 vs. MAC #239, Laura Mercier All Over Eye Color, Tom Ford #11

Mr. Bunny saved the best brush for the last. I would like to introduce you to my new holy grail, #016 Blender Brush which changed the way I apply eye shadows. 

First of all I have to admit that I got the name "Blender" in the wrong context and tried to use this one on the crease, which didn't work all that well for me. Then by applying accent colors on the middle of the lid, I started using this one and it have seen it working wonders. You could see eye shadow applications done with this brush here, here or here. If you apply one shade on the outer lid and one shade on the inner lid, then you have to "blend" these to in the middle, this task is done so well with #016 Blender Brush. I am planning a tutorial that I promised a few of the readers for such a long time and hopefully you will be able to see this baby in action. This one is also made of synthetic bristles and therefore works on cream and powder products alike. It retails for 27 EURs and I can't recommend it enough.

Bottom Line: If you could get just one brush from this line, I would recommend #016 Blender. It makes color transitions so much easier.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blender Brush #016

All in all I have been loving my Rouge Bunny Rouge brushes. I like each of them at their own task but my favorites must be #016 Blender and #002 Blusher. I would like to stress once more that brushes are very individual choices so milage does vary but I think this line has effective brushes with good quality in reasonable price range.

Here is how I store my RBR brushes at the moment...

Rouge Bunny Rouge Brushes, storage idea

Also check out Queen of Brushes Sonia's review and great comparisons of RBR Face Brushes here.

Have you tried any RBR Brushes? I would like to hear about your thoughts. Are you also so obsessed with keeping the white brushes clean?

This post contains products which are sent free of change for my consideration. 
I am not compensated for this review and all thoughts are solely mine.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dior My Lady Glowing Colour Blush Palette in Soft Coral, Review, Swatches & Comparison

Today I have read in Specktra about availability of Dior My Lady Blush. This is originally released in Japan as a part of their Spring Collection. Then it popped at some other countries, I got mine some time ago from Singapore (special thanks to a very dear friend) and didn't write a review since it was sold everywhere. Today though, for those of you who are in US, this beauty is now available in Saks Fifth Avenue, online and in store.

Dior My Lady Glowing Colour Blush Palette in Soft Coral

I don't think I have to write much about this one, it speaks for itself. I love Dior Lady Bags and these blushes have a similar cannage design to them. Three shades of corally pink can be seen, the ropes are mid-toned cool pink, background is lighter pink and bands are in coral. Once I swirl my brush on everything at once, I get a nice soft pink with natural to cool undertones. 

Dior My Lady Glowing Colour Blush Palette in Soft Coral

The compact is hefty, it is definitely metal, not plastic and this blush comes with its own mini Kabuki, like the recent highlighters or bronzers. The content is 10 g/ 0.35 OZ and at the moment I see that it is priced for $60 in US. Considering Regular Dior blushes retail for $42 for 7.5 g of product and do the math, this one is almost the same price and comes in a more luxurious compact.

Close-up: Dior My Lady Glowing Colour Blush Palette in Soft Coral

I compared My Lady Soft Coral to some other corals and similar shades from my stash. If you have also any other ideas or wishes, let me know in the comments below. 

Comparison: Dior My Lady Glowing Colour Blush Palette in Soft Coral

Dior My Lady in Soft Coral applies and blends beautifully. The closest shade I have is Diorblush #763 Corail Bagatelle from Spring Collection Trianon, which is slightly warmer and a little lighter. Chanel Joues Contraste #72 in Rose Initiale is slightly warmer and is more shimmery. Dior My Lady applies almost like matte although has very fine shimmer which is only apparent under strong light. Burberry #05 Blossom Blush is also warmer, and what I would call more of a coral. Chanel #76 Frivole is more orange.

Swatches of similar shades vs. Dior My Lady Glowing Colour Blush Palette in Soft Coral

As written above, if you have a US Address, you can now get Dior My Lady Blush from Saks Fifth Avenue. For the rest of us, we can keep checking since it seems to pop here and there so I wouldn't be surprised to see it at Harrods or Selfridges soon.

This one is available also in shade pink, check out Silverkis' swatches for comparison. (On me Coral looks much cooler than it does on her.)

Final thoughts: Beautiful blush, a collectible item. Be sure to check it out if you can get your hands on one.

What do you think about local releases and regional differences?

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?