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Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Gabrielle- review and swatches

I have an intense love for Chanel lip products. Every single one that I’ve purchased is clearly high quality and applies so well. If there’s one thing Chanel does really well though it’s a red lipstick and Gabrielle is no exception.

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Gabrielle is the first lipstick I’ve purchased from the Rouge Coco line and I’m impressed. The only disappointing thing is that it doesn’t come in the ‘click click’ packaging I adore from the Rouge Allure range. It still looks chic and very Chanel so it’s a small disappointment.

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I purchased Gabrielle after going through a crazy swatch frenzy in the David Jones makeup department trying to find anything that came close to Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon. It didn’t end up being a dupe but it was so pretty that I bought it anyway.

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It’s a really pretty warm red which tiny shimmer particles through it and lifts my complexion whenever I wear it. The product applies really smoothly and is very comfortable on the lips. I can get a few hours wear without having to re-touch but I always wear my lipsticks over a lip liner.

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Ignore the foundation, I took these pictures at the end of the day when everything was starting to wear off and go patchy!

I did some comparison swatches against some of my high end reds so that you can get an idea of where it sits in the spectrum. It’s not as deep as Chanel Dragon and is missing the ruby shimmer. To my eye, it’s most similar to Guerlain Garconne or Dolce and Gabbana Attractive Monica and could be a glossier, deeper version of MAC Ruby Woo.

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Without flash. From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama #RD501, MAC Ruby Woo, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne #RD607, Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne.

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With flash- From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama #RD501, MAC Ruby Woo, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne #RD607, Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne.

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With flash- From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama #RD501, MAC Ruby Woo, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne #RD607, Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne.

This lipstick doesn’t come cheap at $50AUD/$35USD but if you splurge on just one luxury lip product, Chanel is a great way to go.

What’s your favourite red lipstick?

Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts in Mosaic Gold and Copper Element- Review and swatches

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Do you ever have one of those moments where you decided you just have to have something even though you’ve lived perfectly a perfectly full life without it before? That’s how I felt right before I went and purchased these Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts. I woke up one day and decided I just had to own a rose gold eyeshadow but, as much as I tried searching for one, I couldn’t find the exact shade I was looking for. I came across these and decided that I’d buy them as my consolation purchase.
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I bought the shades Mosaic Gold and Copper Element and I they’re both beautiful on their own or when combined. I loved the packaging these come in and the design releases enough loose powder without making a mess. My only concern is that the lid doesn’t seem very secure as it’s a flip lid so I’d be careful when travelling with them.

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Mosaic Gold is a white shadow that reflects gold and reminds me of one of my favourite inner corner shades, MAC Solar White. Copper Element is a fiery copper shade that is perfect as an autumn lid shade.

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Here’s Mosaic Gold on its own:

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Here’s  Copper Element on its own:

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I usually wear both shades together with Copper Element on the lid and Mosaic Gold on the inner corner and just blend out the crease with a mid tone brown. The shades go perfectly together and the resulting look is very radiant and easy to pair with both neutral or bold lips.

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These shadows seem very finely milled and are quite pigmented on their own. I’d still apply them over a base though because they do tend to have a bit of fall out. There’s a really good shade range in this line and, if I didn’t already have way too many eye shadows, I might have been tempted to pick up more.

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The box has a ‘Pro Tip’ which says that you can mix the loose shadows with a clear gloss to make a lip gloss. I was really curious about how these shades would look on the lips so I mixed them with NARS Triple X lip gloss (a clear gloss) and gave it a go. I used Copper Element all over my lips and then patted Mosaic Gold in the centre. It’s an interesting look but not one I’d ever wear out!

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I decided to pat some of the Copper Element over MAC Ruby Woo to see how it would turn out and it was lovely. The usually matte and bright Ruby Woo ended up turning into a perfect fall shade with the gold mixed in.

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These sell for $25US/$35 AUD. They’re not cheap but I’d recommend them if you find a shade you love enough.

Kardashian Beauty En-Joystick Lip Lacquers

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Ok, I know you’re probably judging me a tiny bit when you saw the ‘Kardashian’ in the title but stick with me. I was browsing in Mecca on New Years Eve while my friend was getting her makeup done and decided to play with the range and these lipsticks (or lip lacquers as they refer to them) caught my eye purely because I was bored. I’m the last person who would really care to try anything with the infamous sisters attached but I was soon sold on these.

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These En-Joystick (hate the name) lip lacquers are nicely pigmented lipsticks that come in long slim line bullets. The name lip lacquer is deceiving because you envision something liquid and glossy but these are most definitely not liquid and they’re not overly glossy, more of a satin finish. I love the slim bullets because they’re almost like a lip pencil which makes them really easy to apply- no lip brush needed!

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I picked up 4 shades and don’t think I’ll go back for any of the others because the ones I picked probably work the best with my skin tone. I chose the three most intense shades, Retro Red (a bright orange), Rose Parade ( a red) and Shocking Pink (self explanatory I think!). I also bought Love Hangover which is a nude shade on me.

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Love Hangover is a nudey-caramel shade with flecks of copper through it. It has a metallic sheen to it which gives it a very bronzey Kardashian-esque feel.

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Some comparison swatches – (from left to right) Love Hangover, Burberry Copper Lip Mist, Revlon Brown Sugar Lip Butter, Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Copper Charm. This shade looks like a mix between the Maybelline shade and the Revlon shade. I love pairing it with a very radiant makeup look.

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Rose Parade is quite a neutral red which, to my eye, may lean slightly warm. I’ve been wearing this constantly and pairing it with some black liquid liner.

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From left to right- Rose Parade, Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne and Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate. This is a lovely red and stacks up well against its high end counter parts.

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Retro Red is a bright orange with a tiny hint of red in it. I love shades like these and think that they instantly brighten my complexion.

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From left to right: Retro Red, MAC Scarlet Ibis, Nars Heatwave, Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Neon Red. This shade is very similar to the MAC and NARS shade but I much prefer the texture of Retro Red with its satin finish compared to the semi matte finish of the other two.

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Shocking Pink is a lovely bright blue based pink. It’s a fun summer shade and works well for day and night.

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from left to right: Shocking Pink, MAC Girl about Town, Maybelline Color Sensational in Vivid Rose, Guerlain Rouge G in Gigi and NARS Schiap. I find blue based pinks slightly more difficult to wear compared to warm toned pinks but this shade is really easy because it doesn’t have too much blue in it.

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I’ve been loving these lipsticks and have been wearing them constantly over the last 2 months. I find them so comfortable on the lips but that means that they’re not long lasting. I always wear mine over a lip liner and can get a good few hours wear without reapplying. After a few hours though, as with most lipsticks, I get some build up on my lips so I remove everything and exfoliate and then reapply. I’d recommend these and, at $15.95AUD/$8.99US, I think they’re a steal so go check them out!

Have you tried any of the Kardashian Beauty range before? What do you think?

Savvy by DB liquid liner- Charcoal, Black Brown & Navy

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I’ve done quite a few posts where I’ve used the Savvy by DB liquid liners as part of a look but haven’t ever actually featured them. I thought it was about time that changed because they’re good budget friendly options for those looking for a liquid liner. I have 3 of the 4 available shades, Charcoal, Black Brown and Navy which are swatched below in the same order. I was considering whether to pick up the Black but I already have quite a few black liquid liners so didn’t see the point. The pigmentation on these is pretty good, especially considering how cheap they are.

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The ‘brush’ that it comes with is actually some type of silicone applicator that may be a little hard to maneuver if you aren’t good at applying liquid liner. I find that it gives a really thin line since the tip is so small but it can also achieve a thicker line with some patience. I compared it below to the old packaging of these liners. The old applicator is on the top and the new one of the bottom.

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You can see that the old one is made of felt and is quite a bit shorter and denser than the new applicator.  This made it much easier to achieve a thicker line. The pigmentation and formula also seems to have changed. I have the Black Brown in both formula’s and I preferred the old one since it was a lot more pigmented and was a cooler toned brown. You can see that the new formula (swatched below on the left) is almost watery looking compared to the old one. The new formula also dries glossier than the old formula which was completely matte looking.

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These don’t really fade on me and I can wear them all day without any problems but they’re not meant to be long-wearing or waterproof. Like I said earlier the formula is a little watery so, every so often when you use this, you may find that you’ll need to add more product here or there. I used each liner on the eye to show how they look. The Charcoal shade is a nice alternative to black and I can see myself pairing this with cooler toned eye looks.

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The Black Brown should really be renamed Chocolate Brown but is still lovely on the eyes. The warmth in the shade makes me think it would look stunning with blue eyes.

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The Navy is probably my favourite and I’ve been using it more and more. I think pairing this with a neutral or ‘no makeup’ makeup look is an easy way to make blue eye makeup work friendly.

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Have you tried these liners yet? What’s your budget friendly liner recommendation?

The Balm ‘Balm Voyage’ Palette

 

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I was walking through the cosmetics department in David Jones the other day when this little beauty caught my eye. I vaguely remembered seeing reviews about it a little while ago on some blogs and decided to give it a go.The packaging is super cute with the retro imaging that The Balm is known for. I especially loved the mirror design inside which is meant to look like a passport photo. It’s a good size so you could actually use it to do your makeup.

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I usually don’t like when eyeshadows and lips products are packaged together because the fall out from the shadows tends to fall into the lip products. This palette is well designed though so there’s a separate flap you can open to access the 3 lip/cheek stains. The shade range is lovely and they’re all very easy to wear shades.

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On to the swatches! I swatched each of the eyeshadows by row starting with the bottom one first. Below is (from left to right) A1, B1, C1 and D1. The first three all look very similar on me except that B1 is a matte. The pigmentation on these is ok but you will need a primer. They’re all quite soft but I find the middle two shades to be chalky.

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Below is A2, B2, C2 and D2. These are the brighter shades in the palette. C2 is really the shade that made me want to get the palette as I loved the intensity of the green. B2 looks lovely in the palette but has a very chalky texture so it’s hard to build up the colour or layer other shades over it. I was hoping it would be similar to Sugarpill Mochi but it wasn’t.

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Next up is A3, B3, C3 and D3. I’ve been using D3 quite a lot as a lid shade with either B3 or C3 in the crease. They’re both quite similar on my skin tone but C3 is meant to be a warmer shade.

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Lastly we have A4, B4, C4 and D4. These shades are the most pigmented from the range so I’ve been using them to darken up the crease. I’ve also been mixing these shades with some of the lighter shades in the palette to create mid tone shades I can use as lid colours. I often do this with eyeshadow that look too white against my skin tone so that I can get more wear out of them.

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I tried out some eye looks so you could see how the shadows apply. You might have noticed that I love a bit of blue liner so I tried a neutral eye look and paired it with NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue. I used a combination of B1, B3, B4 and C3 for the look.

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I also tried out a more intense look using B2, C2, A3, C3 and D4. I paired it with a Stila Liquid liner in black. I applied C2 (the bright teal) on the outer corner  over B2 (seafoam) but it didn’t show up as intensely as I’s like due to the chalkiness of B2.

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Now we move on to where this palette really excels- the cream lip/cheek stains. I’m really fussy about my cream blushes and I’m even more so when they’re meant to be used as dual products but I loved these! The shade range is spot on and I think that they’re very wearable as both lip products and cheek products. The colours swatched below are in the same order as in the palette so (from left to right) Second Officer, First Officer and Captain.

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Second Officer is a lovely clear red. I’ve swatched it below and also compared it to some other cream blushes in my collection. Below (from left to right) is Second Officer, Becca Dahlia cream blush and Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon. I found the level of pigmentation and the texture to be in between both Becca products.

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First officer is a really pretty peachy coral shade that sits on a white base. This means that it doesn’t have the jelly like texture of the other two shades which can make it a tiny bit more difficult to meld it naturally on a darker skin tone. I swatched it below. from left to right: First officer, Clarins Multi Blush Apricot, Becca Grapefruit and MUFE HD Blush #12

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I love this shade on the cheeks and think it’s a perfect spring/summer shade. I found it a little harder to wear on the lips due to the white base but imagine it would work better on less pigmented lips. I think the texture was also slightly drier than the other two so make sure you exfoliate and carry some lip balm with you!

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Last up is Captain and this may be my favourite of the three shades because I found it just as easy to wear on the lips as it is on the cheeks. It’s also just a very pretty shade which gives your cheeks a very nice flush of colour. These type of pinks, which have a hint of coral to them, are really easy to wear across the seasons. Swatched below (from left to right) are Captain, Becca Cream Blush in Hyacinth, Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon and MUFE HD Blush in #3

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As with the other two shades,  this isn’t a moisturising product for the lips so you should bring a lip balm along. These products are probably more suited to being cheek products though just because it’s really hard to touch up on the go since you’d have to bring the whole palette with you.

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All in all I really rate this palette and think it’s priced well at $49 AU. It would also make a lovely christmas gift if you’re stuck for ideas so check it out.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks- Vivid’s part 2

It’s been more than 6 months since I posted part 1 of the these swatches and I’m finally getting round to posting part 2. Sorry for the delay but hopefully they were worth the wait! I’m not going to review the formula again because I’ve already done that in my initial review and also in Part 1 of the vivid’s range.

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The shades I’m swatching in this post are Fuchsia Flash, Vivid Rose and Hot Plum. As with the shades in part 1, all 3 of these shades are very opaque and packed with pigment which means that they do stain the lips.

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From left to right: Fuchsia Flash, Vivid Rose, Hot Plum

First up is Fuchsia Flash which is blue toned bright pink. I don’t mind this shade, I actually thinks it’s quite pretty but, as it has a white base, I find that it isn’t as wearable for me as other pinks in my collection.

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I compared it to some other blue toned pinks in my collection below. It’s cooler and a bit lighter than NARS Schiap. It’s quite similar to MAC Pink Pigeon except that Fuchsia Flash is glossier.

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From left to right: Nars Schiap, Fuchsia Flash, MAC Pink Pigeon

Vivid Rose is a gorgeous bright pink which leans slightly red. I love these shades of pink and find them really flattering against my skin tone.

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Vivid Rose is quite close to YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Rose Culte but slightly lighter and not as glossy. I thought it may be similar to MAC Girl About Town but Vivid Rose is quite a bit warmer toned.

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From left to right: MAC Girl About Town, Vivid Rose, YSL Rouge Volupte Rose Culte

Last but not least is Hot Plum and that’s the perfect name for it! It’s a bright plum colour that treads the line between lavender and pink perfectly. Even though this also has a white base, this depth of the shade makes it much more wearable for me than Fuchsia Flash.

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I love these kind of shades because they have a blue iridescence running through them that just adds so much dimension. Hot Plum is the shade that would result if the other two lipsticks swatched below were mixed together. It’s cooler toned than Revlon Colorburst in Lollipop but warmer toned and more opaque than MAC Style Curve. It also doesn’t have as much of the blue iridescence of either shade but you can add some by using something like the MAC Reflects Blue glitter.

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From left to right: Revlon Colorburst lip butter Lollipop, Hot Plum, MAC Style Curve

I really like the shades that I’ve swatched in both part 1 and part 2 of these reviews but I do find myself reaching more for those in this post. I’ve also got 2 more lipsticks which I picked up while travelling in the States but, seeing my track record, you’ll probably see those in another 6 months 😉

What’s your favourite from the Vivid’s range?