Showing posts with label Stila. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stila. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chanel Taupe Grisé 87 Soft Touch Eyeshadow

*Updated - see below at bottom*

Taupe + Shimmer + Chanel = must buy. If there's a taupe Chanel makes, it's instantly a must have for me. I am taupe-obsessed much like Elvira and Josie, and there's no stopping us, ever. Taupe Grisé 87 is the newest taupe released by Chanel for their Fall 2010 collection. My makeup-twin Amy at Café Makeup has given a lovely review here (I call her my twin because we love the same things, although she has fairer skintone = Chanel Cameo/NC15 while I am Chanel Shell/NC30-35).




There a number of other great reviews, photos and swatches out there so the focus of this post will be on comparisons to similar shades.

There are a million other taupes out there (click on the Taupe Label below this post to see the other ones I have obsessed over) but I picked out the ones in my mind I thought, "Could this one be a dupe?" I personally could not find a dupe for this lovely color. There are similar shades, but from what I have, no dupe.

Compared to: Chanel Silvery, Chanel Safari, Chanel Vega (d/c), MAC Moth Brown (l/e), MAC Sweet Sienna (l/e), MAC Smoke & Diamonds (l/e), MAC Clue (l/e), Stila Dapple (d/c), Chanetcaille Meteorite, Laura Mercier Sable


In natural light (still cloudy weather):


Swatched over bare skin:


One more view with different lighting:




Is it a must-have? For me it was being a Chanel fan and a taupe fan. I have no willpower when it comes to Chanel. I played around with it on the eyes today, it works better when applied over a cream base, otherwise it just ended up looking bruisey on my eyes. I would describe it as having a subtle sheen. It looks shimmery in the container but when applied on the eyes, it looks more satin-matte rather than shimmery.

*Update* Upon reviewing my swatches and those on other websites, I thought Taupe Grise looked extremely brown on me compared to other girls. Much more brown than it appears in the container. I swatched it again alone, and then next to MAC Moth Brown to see if perhaps I made a mistake - but no. For some reason, it looks cool in the container, but on my skin, it's not quite as cool. Here is another swatch comparison. Note that I have olive medium skin. This may look different on you. It's still a cool colored taupe in my opinion, but next to Moth Brown it just looks warm perhaps because Moth Brown is overwhelmingly cool with an almost blueish sheen.

Hope this helps give you a better idea!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Color Focus: Dove Grey Eyeshadows

I find it incredible how many different variations of grey there are. One particular color I don't come across very often is dove-grey for eyeshadows, but perhaps this is because I don't look for it very often. I personally define dove-grey as a blueish grey, but even the ones I pull out are probably subject to interpretation. I didn't think I had many dove-grey shadows, but I managed to pull out a number of barely used dove-grey shadows from my stash. I need to use these more often. Even for something I would define as "dove-grey" there are quite a few variations. Some of them look more blue than grey. And I was surprised how neutral/warm Apres Ski looks on my skin compared to what I see in the container.


Armani Cream #2 (LE from Spring 2005), NARS Notorious (discontinued), Jouer Truffle, MAC Scene, Becca Chinchilla, Laura Mercier Stone Suede Satinee, Stila Shore, Laura Mercier Sable, Laura Mercier Twilight Grey, MAC Copperplate, MAC Apres Ski






Some of these you might even describe as taupe. I don't use these a lot, but I think pairing these with a soft pearl shimmer would be pretty.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Lancome Erika F Eyeshadow

I was finally able to jump on the Lancome Erika F bandwagon which was possible thanks to my UK blogger contact (thank you a million times over again). It is even more gorgeous than I had imagined. I've seen it described a number of ways - so I was really curious to see what it looked like in real life. I've read it described as a lovely taupe - but to me, it's more of a silvery greenish shade rather than a taupe. To me it's a complex silvery green sparkle with maybe the slightest hint of taupe. Maybe it's just my skintone, but I find Stila's Diamond Lil to be green and I know many disagree with me.

The Lancome Erika F is very unique and the pigment is superb. I haven't been a huge fan of Lancome eyeshadows, but this one has definitely changed my mind. Now if only they would release this formula & packaging in the US!


I pulled out my other greenish-taupe-silver shadows to see how it compared. Here it is compared to Benefit Where's the Smoke, MAC Greensmoke, Paul & Joe #18, Bobbi Brown Pewter Chrome & Stila Diamond Lil. I feel that the Lancome Erika F is truly unique!


Swatches on bare skin (note again, please take swatches with a grain of salt, I have a light-medium complexion, if your skintone is different from mine, of course this will look different on you, and also, I'd like to point out again that my swatches are not the best):


Two more views of swatches, same order, different lighting:



Anyone else have this shade? What other colors do you use to compliment this color? I need inspirational ideas!

I want to thank you again for everyone who submitted feedback in my recent survey. Next week I will be doing a series on reader requests, focusing particularly the topics that received at least 3 or more mentions.

Monday, December 28, 2009

What's Your Definition of "Nude"?

I love the theme of nude-colored makeup for everything ranging from eyeshadows, lipsticks, and glosses but find it amazing how many different interpretations there are of this word "nude." I personally associate nude with something the color of one's natural skin, but with so many different skintones how does one define "nude"? Is there such a thing as a universally flattering "nude" lipstick or blush?


Take for example the following products that have the name "nude" - all of which are very different and not entirely flesh or skin colored.

Blushes (clockwise from top left):
Bobbi Brown Nude Shimmerbrick,
Dolce & Gabbana Nude, Chanel Nude

Eyeshadows (clockwise from top left):
Dior Nude Look 565, Dior Nude Look 365,
Bobbi Brown Nude Eyeshadow, Dolce & Gabbana Nude,
Edward Bess Nude, MAC Nude (d/c), Stila Nude


Lips (left to right): Dolce & Gabbana Nude Lipgloss, YSL #1 Pure Nude, Trish McEvoy Sexy Nude Beauty Booster, Bobbi Brown Stonewashed Nude, Bobbi Brown Nude, Bobbi Brown Nude Glitter, Chanel Nude Rouge Allure, Laura Mercier Nude Lips (sheer), MAC Creme D'Nude, Laura Mercier Barely Nude

Do any of these nudes work to give you a true "nude" eye, cheek or lip? I am still on my neverending quest for the perfect flattering nude blush and lip combo. I find my definition of nude is quite diverse as there are brownish nudes, pale nudes, golden nudes, beige nudes, pink nudes, peachy nudes etc. My holy grail nude eyeshadow is MAC Camel which has long been discontinued.

Tell me your skintone and what your favorite nudes are (nude-colors that is, not necessarily products with the name "nude" in them)!

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Week of Looks I'm Loving Right Now: Day 1

According to my recent survey, some of you mentioned how you loved certain posts, but wanted ideas on how to coordinate the products with other colors. I'm going to do a five-part series of looks I've done recently that I loved. I hope this series will help give you some ideas!

A few things to note ahead of time: I am not a professional makeup artist, but the following looks have been created on my own. My fashion/beauty style is very simple and natural. Style/beauty icons include Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Eva Mendes, Lucy Liu to name a few - all women who embrace their natural beauty with subtle, elegant and classic natural makeup.

Look Number 1: a simple smokey eye with soft pink cheeks and rosy pink lips


Cheeks:

Stila Lilium Convertible Color on cheeks
Dolce & Gabbana Delight Blush layered on top

Eyes:
Laura Mercier Platinum Metallic Cream Eyeshadow lash to brow
Jouer Buttercream Eyeshadow on lids
Stila Black Cat Smudgepot smudged along upper lash line
Edward Bess Dusk Eyeshadow applied over the black liner blended up

Lips:
MAC Naked Rose Lipliner
Edward Bess Tender Love Lipstick
Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer #7


Close up photos for eyes:
Top Left = Jouer Buttercream, Top Right = Edward Bess Dusk
Bottom Left = Stila Black Cat, Bottom Right = Laura Mercier Platinum


Close up photos for lips, Left to Right:
Edward Bess Tender Love, Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer #7, MAC Naked Rose Lipliner


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Variation 1: using most of the same colors except includes Le Metier Fresh Blush, Edward Bess Love Always Lipgloss, Laura Mercier Pink Label Lipstick:


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Variation 2: MAC Conjure Up Mineralize Blush, MAC Bare Study Paint Pot, Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli Eyeshadow Duo, Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner, MAC Plum Lipliner, MAC Scant Slimshine, Laura Mercier Violet Lip Glace (old packaging)


I've written about a few makeover events I've been to from Chanel, Nars and MAC before, click on this MAKEOVER tag to see the products used in those events for some more ideas!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Color Focus: Deep Purple Eye Shadows

I love the smokey eye looks that come out for fall but until recently, it seems like most all the lines usually release the typical variations of black and grey for their "smokey look." I am not one who can pull of black eyeshadow or eyeliner easily because it's often too harsh or ends up looking blueish on my skin. I have to opt for other deep colors and did a series on Smokey Eye Variations back in June and am so excited that lines are now releasing collections with a "black/smokey" theme that include colors other than just black or grey.

I just discovered 2 new deep purple shimmery eyeshadows from MAC and Dior and thought I'd pull out some of my favorite deep purples to compare.



1. Dior Ultra-Smooth High Impact Eyeshadow in #186 Ultra Violet
2. MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Young Punk
3. Laura Mercier Sateen Eyeshadow in Kir Royal
4. MAC Fertile Eyeshadow
5. Giorgio Armani Maestro #18
6. Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow in After Hours
7. Stila Poise

A few other pictures of smokey purples:



1. Bobbi Brown Metallic in After Hours
2. Chanel Magic Night
3. MAC Smut
4. MAC Deep Purple Pigment (Pro)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ten Things I'm Loving Right Now

Here are 10 things I am loving right now. Please share your own list with me of things you love so much you think everyone should try it out!



1) Nars Sheer Matte & Sheer Glow Foundations $42 - I am a true skeptic when anyone tries to sell me a foundation unless it is Chanel or Armani. I have super sensitive skin (but otherwise fairly normal) with golden/olive tones and usually have a hard time finding a good match since I typically fall in between shades. I was immediately stunned by the gorgeous new advertisement Nars has been promoting for their new foundations and decided to give it a try.

In the past I had used their Oil Free Foundation and had mixed thoughts about it. I loved the coverage, but always felt like I had a heavy layer of gunk sitting on my skin. Also, I was often matched with Fiji which for some reason turned pinkish on me. The next shades up were either too yellow or too peach.

With this in mind, I went to the counter with a list of shades to try out: Fiji, Ceylan, Punjab & Stromboli. Punjab is my perfect match which was a bit odd because on my hand it looked more peachy but on my face, it blended in perfectly.

Coverage is medium but completely natural and flawless looking. Another plus is that you can barely feel anything on the skin after you apply it. I've tried both formulas and they last all day - I do set foundation with my Laura Mercier Loose or Chanel Powder Foundations though. If you haven't tried this out, RUN to your counter to try it out.

I do recommend you try at least 2 to 3 different shades on your jaw line though.



Left to right: Chanel Teint Innocence Shell, Chanel Lift Lumiere Shell, Nars Punjab, Armani Lasting Silk 6.5

2) Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream $20 - I bought this because there was a gift with purchase going on at my local Bloomingdales. I had read reviews and decided to try this because Clinique had discontinued my favorite body scrub (the yellow one in the squeeze tube) and I didn't like the other tube-packaged scrub. I have to say I was pleasantly suprised. Has a slight minty scent to it leaving your skin refreshed and smooth.



3) Stila Black Cat Smudge Pot $20 - I think I've found my holy grail shimmery black eyeliner. Most blacks go on greyish or blueish or too harsh on my skin. This one gives the perfect smokey silvery black liner. I bought mine at Ulta - it should be showing up at Sephoras & Stilacosmetics.com soon. I didn't retake swatch pictures of this, but click HERE for swatches and comparisons.



4) Estee Lauder Bronze Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil $19 - this is the longest lasting prettiest bronzey eyeliner I've tried. Gorgeous rich bronzey color but soft enough for subtle definition.



5) Le Metier Lip Cremes $36 & Sheer Brilliance Lip Glosses $32 - You've heard me rave about these before - pricey, yes, but I absolutely love the formula and shades. My two current favorite colors are Toffee Creme & Cannes. Neimans has a gift with purchase going on right now - check out their website for details. Also click on this LE METIER LINK for more posts and pictures on products from the line.





6) Laura Mercier Mineral Cheek Powders in Pink Spark, Coral & Amberstone $22 - these came out a while back after Laura Mercier started introducing mineral makeup into her line. These are absolutely gorgeous. Amberstone makes the perfect nude cheek for me with a hint of sparkle. Neiman Marcus also has a super cute gift going on right now. Saks will be having their beauty event later this month, and Bloomingdales will have their event mid-October.





7) Nars M. Butterfly Nail Polish $16 - for some reason I haven't been able to find this shade instock anywhere near me, but it's still available online. The swatches didn't turn out so hot, but it's a gorgeous berry red shade. Nars describes it as a "poison berry." I have seen testers at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales so they are probably just low on stock.

8) Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powders $33 - these came out in May, check out the link HERE for more pictures and comparisons. Left is Antigua, right is Bali Brown.



9) Neutral Pink Eyeshadows: Shiseido Bare Pink, Laura Mercier Metallic Creme in Pink Gold, Laura Mercier Satinee Creme in Pink Chiffon, MAC Naked Pigment, MAC Perky Paint Pot, Bobbi Brown Ballet Pink, MAC Ego Eyeshadow - all of these are like your-lids-but-better natural pink shadows that won't give you a pink-eye look. I like to layer Naked Pigment over any of these all over the lid and then just add a simple liner in a shimmery chocolate color or deep brown. Sometimes I'll contour the lid or crease area with a soft brown like MAC Era, Soba, Bobbi Brown Hot Stone or Urban Decay Naked.



10) Sprinkles Cupcakes - have you been to a Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery? Their cupcakes, especially their Red Velvet & Vanilla flavors are absolutely divine and the frosting is pure heaven. Luckily you don't need to be near one of the few bakeries in order to enjoy these. Williams Sonoma carries the mix which is super easy to make and tastes just like the fresh made ones from the stores. Each come with a recipe card for the frosting too. They have seasonal flavors, right now they just released two new flavors, Spice & Pumpkin. (PS I think if you buy two mixes instore at WS, you save $3.)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stila Smudgepots: Black Cat, Kitten, and Little Black Dress

I finally got my hands on the new Stila Smudge Pots in Black Cat, Kitten, and Little Black Dress. I found these at my local Ulta - I've heard several sighting posts around various message boards. The store near me didn't have them on display but the manager on duty this morning was kind enough to allow his staff to pull them from the back since I told him I didn't need to test them out and knew what I wanted to get already.

Here are the new shades compared to Golden Noir from the Indian Summer Collection. Each retail for $20. Not all of them are online yet, but the release dates for each collection are September, so I expect these to be trickling in soon. FYI, from the Barbie Loves Stila collection, there are also two other smudge pot shades. Check stilacosmetics.com for more details.

Left to right: Golden Noir, Black Cat, Little Black Dress, Kitten



Descriptions + links to Stila's and Sephora's websites:

* Golden Noir - a black base with gold shimmer, according to stila, "This new twist on the cult favorite Smudge Pot sprinkles genuine 24kt gold flakes into the rich matte black base leaving eyes gilded and glam."

* Black Cat - a soft black with a cooler base than Golden Noir, but this might be due to the silver sparkles that are in the product (haven't seen this online yet)

* Little Black Dress - described online as a "black with pink shimmer" this really seems more like a deep purple infused with pink and violet shimmers which was surprising to me, especially since it swatched brighter than what it looked like in the pot

* Kitten - this is a shimmery nude champagne pink, similar to the powder eyeshadow version, seems like an odd shade to have as a liner, but I will probably use this more like a cream eyeshadow

Close up photos of the black smudge pots with flash:



Close up of smudge pots in natural sunlight:



Swatches of the shades with comparisons (with flash on bare skin):

1) Bobbi Brown Black Ink
2) Stila Golden Noir Smudgepot
3) Stila Black Cat Smudgepot
4) Stila Little Black Dress
5) Bobbi Brown Violet Ink
6) Stila Kitten Smudgepot
7) Bobbi Brown Beach Honey Cream Shadow
8) Benefit RSVP Creaseless Cream Shadow



Swatches in natural sunlight without flash (same as above):

 

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