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Chanel Teint Innocence Naturally Luminous Fluid Makeup SPF 12 Review & Swatches

March 16, 2009
Chanel Teint Innocence Naturally Luminous Fluid Foundation SPF 12 ($47)

Supposedly Chanel’s Teint Innocence is the end-all and be-all in terms of foundations for many makeup fiends. It’s a light-weight, rather sheer luminous foundation that’s meant to even out your skin-tone while maintaining a natural look and letting your real skin shine through.

How do I feel about it? Sadly I’m just not a fan. I should’ve hesitated when the MA at the Chanel counter tried this out on me and my mother told me it didn’t look good–we may drive each other nuts, but my mother has never steered me wrong when it comes to how things look on me. But no, I had to be stubborn–“Everybody loves this foundation” I said; “this is one of the best new foundations according to all the magazines” I told her. But mother does know best!

Swatch of Teint Innocence in 0.8 Gentle Ivory

What I Love: I own Chanel’s Teint Innocence Shade 0.8 Gentle Ivory and I must say that it’s a really great color match. The color essentially blends with and disappears into your natural skintone, partially because this foundation is on the sheer side. I also like the light, liquidy feel of Teint Innocence.


Not So Much: There’s a lot I dislike about this foundation. It looks pretty nice post-application, but within an hour or so it turns me into a greaseball, it slides around my face, and basically my face is an oxidized disaster. Plus the coverage, which is pretty sheer to begin with, completely disappears, leaving me looking unpolished and unfinished. And worst of all, every time I wear this foundation I develop these little bumps all over my face that get worse the longer I wear the stuff.

Also, the packaging on this kinda sucks. You twist off the cap to find a rather large circular opening at the top, and you just pour the foundation into your hands, meaning sometimes you don’t get enough, and sometimes you get way too much. Plus it’s just downright messy as the lid gets caked with foundation and looks sloppy.


The Verdict: This is most definitely a would not repurchase for me. I’m interested in trying Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation since the concepts seem to be similar, and I’m hoping that’ll work a lot better for me.

Chanel Bohemian Fantasy Spring 2009 Swatches and Mini Review

December 23, 2008
Photo taken with my camera phone–terrible I know!

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Much better!

Swatches:
Row 1: Glossimers in Beige Guitare and Wild Rose
Row 2: Aqualumieres in Positano (beige) and Malta (copper)
Row 3: Mystic Eyes Quad

See close-ups of the swatches below!

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Chanel Glossimers in Beige Guitare and Wild Rose

With a name like Bohemanian Fantasy I was expecting something a little more whimsical from Chanel’s Spring 2009 collection, but sadly I was a little disappointed. It’s not that the collection isn’t beautiful since everything is supremely wearable and subtle, I just wanted something more springy! My favorite pieces are definitely these two glossimers in Beige Guitare and Wild Rose though. Beige Guitare is a shimmering beigey gold shade that would look stunning on its own or layered over nearly any lipstick, and Wild Rose is a soft rosey shade that gives your lips a beautiful, just pinched look with a touch of shimmer. I can easily see mself indulging in both!

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Bohemian Fantasy’s Les 4 Ombres Quad in Mystic Eyes surprised me with its pigmentation since I really wasn’t expecting much from it at all. While I’m not a huge fan of the shades (a dark chocolate, pale frosty pink, silvery gray, and a lighter bronzey brown), they are all very wearable and shades you can easily pull off on a daily basis. Am I wrong in wanting something more fun for the spring though?

So one of my other faves from this collection was this absolutely stunning lip palette. Seriously I saw it and couldn’t stop oohing and aahing–I’m a sucker for a pretty palette! Sadly I didn’t bring this home with me but I’m just dying to get my hands on this Chanel Levres Signes Chanel (Satin Lip Cream) palette. I don’t even have swatches of it for you because I just didn’t have the heart to mar the perfection that is this lip compact by sticking my grubby fingers in it!

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What’re your thoughts on Chanel’s spring 2009 Bohemian Fantasy?

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Mascara Series Update: New Photos for Exceptionnel de Chanel

November 3, 2008




Click the photos to enlarge, and click on over HERE to read my review!
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My TINY Saks F&F Haul and a Chanel Smoky Eyes Quad EOTD

October 19, 2008

I’d originally had a rather large list of items I wanted to pick up during Saks F&F, but when it came down to it I’ve just got waaaay too much makeup for my liking and couldn’t justify purchasing more items that I wanted but didn’t need, so here’s my tiny little haul! I picked up:

~MAC Dazzleglass in Sugarrimmed (I swatches of all the Dazzleglasses for you coming soon!)
~Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 93 Smoky Eyes
~Kanebo Sensai Smoothing Water Make-Up Base

The Kanebo SA also gaves me samples of their Cleansing Gel with Scrub (loving this so far) and Emulsion 1. I can’t wait to test these out further!

Oh and I know I’ve been blabbing about the Guerlain holiday mascara for ages, and yes I did finally check it out! While I didn’t purchase it I did try it on and take photos for you lovely ladies, so keep an eye out for it.

The wonderful Chanel SA who helped out me and my friend tested out the Chanel Smoky Eyes quad on me, and while it looked pretty at Saks it didn’t hold up so well (thanks to no primer) and this is what it looked like at the end of the night. By the way this is probably the only time you’ll ever see an eyebrow photo lol-it just looked weird cropped out.


And in case anyone’s wondering I’m wearing Exceptionnel de Chanel here which I’m loving more every day!

Mascara Series Part 7: Chanel Exceptionnel de Chanel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara Review & Photos

August 19, 2008
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Exceptionnel de Chanel Intense Volume & Curl Mascara-$28
Thanks so much to Nicole for sending this to me-you’re the best!!!

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Exclusive Patented Brush (click to enlarge)

“Derived from a new technology, the SCULPT-VOLUME brush features 3 brush sides and 3 combs. The brush sides create intense volume on the lashes, while the combs curl and separate lashes to the extreme.”

Can you say clever? LOVE the brush–it’s pretty cool in the close-ups! Check out how the combs zig-zag,and how the rows alternate between combs and brush bristles.


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“The creamy formula is enriched with the VOLUM-PLAST complex. Its volumizing agent combines mineral waxes and beeswax with cellulose microbeads to coat and dose lashes with intense colour. The plasticizing agents, derived form a blend of polymers, sculpt the lashes, set their curl and provide optimum resistance to humidity and heat.”

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Overall Chanel has another winner in this mascara (see my thoughts on Chanel Inimitable here). No it’s not perfect, nor is it the best mascara out there, but the one MAJOR thing it has going for it is that the boyfriend absolutely loves the way it looks on me. While I wear makeup to please myself, what more could I ask for out of a mascara?

The Pros: Thanks to this mascara’s rich formula, one to two coats is all I need for a dramatic look making for a super-quick application. Exceptionnel de Chanel gives me intensely black lashes, pretty dramatic volume, no smudging or flaking, and good length all in a sleek black tube.

The Cons: While it has the word “curl” in the name, Exceptionnel tends to undo my curl after the third coat. It may just be that I like to have an unnaturally dramatic curl, but regardless Exceptionnel doesn’t do the best job holding it. It does, however, create a pretty natural curl to the lashes, so if you’re worried that this will give you stick straight lashes, don’t be. Also, after the third coat or so this tends to get a little clumpy.

Verdict: The more I use this, the more I love it and I can easily see this becoming an everyday staple. Definitely worth checking out–thanks again Nicole!!! It took awhile for me to get the hang of the twirling technique you’re supposed to employ using the brush, but now that I have this is my go-to mascara on those busy mornings! What I would need 3-4 coats of mascara for Exceptionnel can give me in 2 quick swipes.



RATING: 4/5



Related Posts:

See what other exceptional products Nicole got me here.

Click here to read the entire Mascara Series, which includes reviews of:

See the mascaras that I’m currently using here.

Check out Chanel’s 2008 Summer collection here-one of my first blog posts!

Have you tried Chanel’s Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows? Read more about them here.

Liquid Eyeshadows for All Price Ranges: How Do They Stack Up?

July 15, 2008
This will be my last Bourjois-related post for a really long time–I promise!

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Left to Right:
Mark i-sheer Creamy Eye Shadow Hook Up in Meringue ($5)
Bourjois Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Electron #38 (on sale for $11.20)
Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows in Bayou and 717 ($32)

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Mark’s i-sheers ($5) are a a decent budget option if you’re looking to try a liquid eyeshadow but don’t want to splurge. While the packaging is very utilitarian and not all that cute, the shades have okay lasting power and will serve their purpose.

I wasn’t a huge fan of these because, unlike the Bourjois or the Chanel, this dried a kind of streaky/clumpy finish and just wasn’t as pigmented as I would’ve liked. It looks the smoothness of the more expensive products.

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Bourjois’ Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadows ($11.20) are amongst my favorite liquid shadows. While they don’t have a great color selection (booooo!), the shades they do have are all very wearable and easy to work with. The consistency is a bit thinner than the Mark, but still gives you a nice creamy solution to work with, making application and blending pretty easy. Plus I think the packaging is darn cute (although I hated it for their loose eyeshadows)!

Pigmentation is pretty decent with these-you’re not going to get a bold wash of color by any means, but the shades do show up and have easily buildable coverage.

It dries to a smooth shimmery finish and stays put all day. Love this stuff-it was definitely worth the $11!!

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Now for our splurge item-the Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows ($32). For reference, one of these costs as much as 6 of the Marks or almost 3 of the Bourjois on sale-a little crazy in my opinion! But call me crazy because I purchased them. I figured they’d be a great alternative to powder shadows on those days I wanted something a little different, but honestly I don’t find myself reaching for them that often.

Consistency-wise, these are the most watery out of the bunch. As such, the first layer goes on pretty sheer after blending (and you have to blend otherwise you’ll look pretty silly), but coverage is definitely buildable. Also, they take a decent amount of time to dry, so if you’ve got small creases like me (that cause smudging) you’ll have to sit around with your eyes closed until this stuff dries.

But you do get something for your money-a very smooth application! While I love the Bourjois, I’d have to say the Chanel (probably because it’s more liquidy) dries to a smoother and more even finish.

While I do like these they’re definitely not the best out there and not a must-have by any means!

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Left to Right: the two Chanels, Bourjois, and Mark

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After some blending

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And to see which would wear the longest I rubbed at these like crazy! The Chanels didn’t hold up so well, but the Bourjois and the Mark were stubborn.

EOTD (using my liquid shadows!):
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Conclusion: liquid shadows are hard to blend!

Have you tried any of these? Thoughts?

Related Posts:
Read about my current favorite eyeshadow palette here-it’s a beautiful thing!

Read my full review of the Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows here.

Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for the Month of July to win your very own Bourjois Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadow in Beige Metallique and a Bourjois blush in Rose D’or.

See my review of Chanel’s Summer 2008 releases here.

How do Wet n Wild’s Megaslicks compare to Chanel Glossimers? Click here to find out.

Exceptionnel de Chanel Intense Volume & Curl Mascara

July 15, 2008
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Update: Click HERE for my review of this mascara!

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I’m a big fan of Chanel’s Inimitable mascara (see review here) so definitely need to check this out-although at $28 the price definitely has the same “ouch” factor that all Chanel products do!

I love Inimitable for its ability to hold a curl in my lashes (something VERY few mascaras can do), but I’ve been finding myself wishing it provided more volume. If the name is any indication, this new mascara may be just what I’ve been looking for.

Nordstrom’s product description mentions that this mascara has an “innovative six-sided brush”-not quite sure how I feel about this since I’ve tried other “innovative” brushes with 4-5 sides that were pretty terrible, but I guess I’ll just have to test it out and see!

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And as if the mascara weren’t temptation enough, Chanel’s offering a Sublimage Eye sample with any Chanel purchase!

Have you seen this product for yourself? Love Chanel mascaras? Tell me about it!

Related Posts:
Read my review of Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara in waterproof here-truly a great mascara!

Read my review of YSL’s Everlong mascara (another great one) here.

There are some really innovative mascaras coming out very soon-click here to find out more.

Essie "Neon Collection" Mini 4-Pack vs. Chanel Robertson Boulevard Nail Colours

June 10, 2008
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Remember the hot new Chanel Robertson Boulevard nail colours ($20 each) that I blogged about recently?

Well it looks like nail-salon favorite Essie has come up with their own version of these shades, available in a handy dandy, cute as a button miniature set that costs less than one of the Chanels!

At $15 for the set, Essie’s “Neon Collection” Mini 4-Pack is a great choice for those who want to try out the bright nails trend without investing too much!

While the shades aren’t exactly the same (especially the purple/lavender polish), at $15 the Essie set is definitely worth checking out!

To learn more about the Chanel’s Robertson Boulevard Nail Colours as well as their upcoming Golden Child collection, click here.

Drugstore Discoveries: Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Lip Gloss in Bronze Berry (aka the Chanel Blizzard Glossimer Dupe)

June 4, 2008
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Although I have absolutely no desire to find a replacement for one of my favorite Chanel Glossimers, Blizzard, for the sake of my lovely readers I decided to test out Wet n Wild’s MegaSlick lip gloss in Bronze Berry to see just how similar this shade is to Blizzard. I know a lot of people rave over this gloss, saying it’s just as good as high-end glosses and just like Blizzard, and I hate to be the lone dissenter, but I’d have to strongly disagree.

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Swatches: Wet n Wild Bronze Berry on left, Chanel Blizzard Glossimer on right

First of all, the shades are completely different in the tubes. Bronze Berry has much more of a bronzey brown tone to it, whereas Blizzard is more pinky mauve. But we all know that the look of a gloss can be deceiving, so I proceeded to swatch the two on my hand. Bronze Berry didn’t look too terrible, but it was much more bronzey orange and really didn’t look too much like Blizzard to me.

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Wet n Wild Bronze Berry: I know it doesn’t look so bad in the photo, but it was super bronze/orange in natural light! (scroll down to see my beloved Blizzard Glossimer on)

And it was all downhill from there. While the gloss itself was smooth and shimmery, it doesn’t stay put like Glossimers do. It didn’t apply all that evenly (and wasn’t very pigmented), and when I pressed my lips together, the gloss slid all over the place and kept moving around on me. Also, I noticed that in many of the reviews people noted that this gloss has a pleasant smell, which I find difficult to believe since the smell of this actually made me gag-it smells and tastes like some toxic combination of chemicals and melting plastic. I told myself I could live with the smell/taste, but once I got outside I noticed that the gloss looked very orangey on me. I can safely say I won’t be purchasing another one of these!

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Chanel Glossimer in Blizzard: Much better! They’re completely different colors no? It’s not just me?!

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And another photo just because I love Blizzard so much 🙂

Overall, I’d say splurge a little and go for the Blizzard Glossimer! The Wet n Wild gloss didn’t stay put, smelled horrible, wasn’t attractive on, and lacked the gorgeous micro-shimmer that Chanel does so well. I didn’t have super-high expectations for this gloss since it only cost me $1.99, it still managed to majorly disappoint me!

Have you tried Wet n Wild MegaSlicks in Bronze Berry? Had a better experience than I did? Maybe I just got a bad tube =X

Upcoming Chanel Releases: Golden Child and Chanel.com Excluive Nail Colours

June 3, 2008
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Although I’m not too big a fan of gold, Chanel’s Golden Child collection, slated for release in July 2008, looks stunning! The black and gold color scheme is very appropriate for such a classic and sophisticated fashion-house.

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What I find more interesting, though, are Chanel’s limited edition nail colours which will also be released in July. These vibrant (and hot!!!) new shades were created by Chanel’s Global Creative Director of Makeup, Peter Philips, exclusively for the new Chanel store on Robertson Boulevard. They’ll only be available on chanel.com, so if you’re interested in getting your hands on these, but sure to sign up for e-mail notification of their release!

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I’m loving all of them, although they do remind me a bit of the Easter Bunny!

What do you think of Chanel’s upcoming releases?

Read my review of Chanel’s Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows (and see what they look like on) here.
See some swatches from Chanel’s Summer 2008 collection here.
Read my review of the Chanel Summer 2008 collection here.