Clarins Ladylike collection | Fall 2014 preview

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Clarins Ladylike collection Fall 2014 preview

Clarins’ Fall 2014 collection introduces something to the market that I’ve seen only very rarely: wet powder eyeshadows in a matte finish. (I feel like I’ve been waiting for this moment for years.) Ladylike pairs subtle mattes with creamy nude lips for an “ultra feminine” look — and the collection looks beautiful.

I know I don’t usually do collection previews, but you guys, this one looks so pretty. I couldn’t help myself.

Availability: August 2014 at Clarins counters & Clarins.ca

Eyes

Clarins Ombre Matte eyeshadows cream to powder

Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Matte Eyeshadow ($24 CAD) 

5 mattes & 1 sparkling shade: 01 nude beige (matte), 02 nude rose (matte), 03 taupe (matte), 04 rosewood (matte), 05 sparkle grey (sparkling), 06 earth (matte). New permanent.

Clarins Ladylike 2014 fall

Clarins Be Long Mascara in 01 Intense Black ($27 CAD)

Enriched with matrikine and panthenol to encourage lash growth and help strengthen lashes. Permanent.

Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base ($26  CAD/10 ml)

Enriched with oat extract to both illuminate & improve eyeshadow hold. New permanent.

3-Dot Eyeliner in Brown ($28 CAD)

Exclusive to department stores (not available at Clarins counters in drugstores.) New limited edition.

Clarins Skin Tones eye quartet Eyebrow Kit

Perfect Eyes & Brow Palette ($37 CAD)

Contains three powder shades to define the brow, a nude pink powder eyeshadow to illuminate the eyes, and a transparent wax to tame unruly brows. (Also contains mini tweezers, a brow spoolie, and a double-ended sponge/blender brush.) Exclusive to department stores. New permanent.

Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 13 Skin Tones ($42 CAD)

Contains four wet & dry eyeshadow shades: a satin beige-taupe, an off-white matte highlighter, a warm matte brown, and a cool-toned grey-taupe with a satin finish. New permanent.

Lips

Clarins Ladylike lipsticks

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Clinique All About Shadow swatches, review, photos: Jenna’s Essentials

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Clinique Jenna's Essentials All About Shadow review

The product: Clinique All About Shadow quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials

I had some of Clinique’s old eyeshadows. I loved some of Clinique’s old eyeshadows. But, no matter how good the Colour Surge line was, it was nothing like this.

The new-ish (as of September 2013) All About Shadow formula promises intense colour and long wear — and dude, from what I’ve seen, their pigmentation and texture are so good.

Clinique Jenna's Essentials review

Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials

The shades: Jenna’s Essentials contains four neutral shades handpicked by Jenna Menard, Clinique’s Global Colour Artist — and dude, they’re divine. Medium-opaque and easy to both blend out evenly and layer for intensity, they’re kind of a neutral palette’s dream.

To start off on the left, shade 1 is a frosty, shimmering white that’s perfect for adding light to an eye look. It’s followed by a light, satin-matte brown that both sheers out well and layers easily — it’s a yellow-brown, so it reads pretty neutral.

Clinique Jenna's Essentials swatches

Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials (indirect sunlight)

Next, shade 3 is a shimmering beige with gold sparkle (again, quite neutral, with a hint of pink to give it life), and finally, la pièce de résistance: a gorgeous charcoal-black with a matte base and sparse green-blue microshimmer, like magical stars in the sky.

But, like, who puts bright teal sparkles in a black(ish) shade? Clinique does, apparently — and I kid you not, they transform a boring, standard shade into the most enchanting black eyeshadow you’ll ever own.

Clinique All About Shadow swatches Jenna's Essentials

Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials (direct sunlight)

The packaging: As a minimalist who believes wholeheartedly in function, I appreciate Clinique’s packaging so hard. It’s super-slick, with no weird lumps or bumps (MAC) making it hard to store, and the bottom is–get this–clear. Yeah. You can tell exactly what shades are in this quad from the bottom.

I freakin’ love this packaging, you guys. Let’s let the logical-chic packaging (what are you talking about; that’s totally a thing) movement begin.

Clinique All About Shadow quad packagingClinique All About Shadow packaging — makes so much sense!

The verdict?

If you were to tell me right now that all of my eyeshadows had just been magically converted into Clinique — I would be pretty okay with it. I might not even flinch. Because, you guys, this quad is so good: the textures are beautiful, the pigmentation is great, and the All About Shadow shade range looks to be both gorgeous and gorgeously vast. (I count 57 products and a whopping 100 unique shades in total!)

The singles are a little pricy ($19 CAD), but the duos and quads are pretty reasonable – $25 CAD and $35 CAD respectively. If the rest of the range is even a little bit as sneakily complex and well-formulated as these four, I’m willing to list them as a tentative new favourite.

Availability: $28 USD/$35 CAD at Nordstrom, Sephora, and Clinique counters everywhere. See also: Clinique’s All About Shadow singles ($15 USD/$19 CAD) and duos ($20 USD/$25 CAD).

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Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara review, swatches, photos | For a pretty, pool-ready lash

Monday, July 7, 2014

Clarins waterproof mascara review-

The product: Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara in 01 Intense Black

The formula: Clarins’ Truly Waterproof Mascara is formulated with bitter orange tree wax and olive squalane, and promises 12 hour waterproof wear from not just chlorinated water, but from salt water, too. (Which is great, considering how many mascaras do okay with pure water, but run when you cry!)

Clarins Truly Waterproof  Mascara review

The packaging: Can I just take a moment to say that love this packaging? It’s super sleek, with the little “C” emblem in a handy dip – which I always thought was aesthetic, but it actually makes opening the tube a lot easier.

The brush on this one has a relatively slim profile with traditional bristles (that is, not silicone), and the bottom of the tube has a thin piece of translucent red plastic on the bottom, which is a nice, subtle touch.

Clarins Truly Waterproof  Mascara brush review

Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara & brush

The application: I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed applying mascara before, but this one surprised me. It goes on really easily, no lash comb needed, and delivers a natural-looking lash in just one stroke. It gives really good separation with very little clumping, and it holds a curl beautifully — all while leaving your lashes feeling soft and flexible. 

One last thing to note about this formula is that it smells really nice (for a mascara). Like, weirdly nice. I can’t quite put my finger on what it reminds me of, but this formula has a very distinctive, pretty, Clarins-y fragrance to it.

Clarins Truly Waterproof  Mascara swatches review

Bare lashes / one coat of Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara in 01 Intense Black

The wear: SO GOOD — but not infallible. While this formula is extremely waterproof (I was able to submerge my lashes in water and rub at them multiple times before I even begun to lose a curl), the oils on my face do make it smudge through the day.

That said, this mascara doesn’t drop my curl or flake, and it removes easily with a good cleansing oil – those who use micellar waters may struggle, however. (This is the only product I’ve ever tried that my beloved Marcelle cleansing water couldn’t get off!) But, for those in a really humid country, or a day at the beach, this one’ll hold up like a champ.

Clarins Truly Waterproof  Mascara eyelash swatch

Bare lashes / Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara

The verdict?

It’s not quite holy grail material, but Clarins’ Truly Waterproof Mascara is definitely one that I’d recommend. Between easy application, super classy packaging, and a really pretty fragrance, it does a wonderful job of delivering a soft, flexible waterproof lash — and it does it all while holding a curl.

Give it a pass if most mascaras smudge on you, but if not, put this one at the top of your list of waterproof mascaras to try!

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Lise Watier Eden Tropical reviews, swatches: Hydra Kiss Colour Balm, Blush Crème Satin, Ombre Soufflé | Summer 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lise Watier Rose Eden Satin Creme Blush

The products: Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Rose Eden, Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Sortilège, and Blush Crème Satin in Rose Eden

I’m trying to prioritize a little now that I’m back from hiatus, so today, I’ve hand-picked three items from Lise Watier’s Eden Tropical collection to review first. These three items are my favourites from the range; the best of the best, the absolute crème de la crème. 

I hope you love them as much as I do.

Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm Rose Eden review

Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Rose Eden ($22 CAD)

The Lise Watier team lists the Hydra Kiss Colour Balm as their favourite product from this collection, and I have to say — I can see why. The Hydra Kiss Colour Balm has the most beautiful texture; sheer and wonderfully smooth. It’s slick without being too slick, and feels hydrating with just the right amount of shine.

Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Rose Eden review

Rose Eden is a beauty all on its own, though — this balm is also available in Coral Paradise, but I’m telling you now, snap up Rose Eden before it’s gone. It’s that wonderful, soft-but-bright sort of lip colour that is so hard to find; a flattering medium-pink with a lovely milkiness to the shade. The balm does have a faint, off-putting fruity scent, but it fades quickly enough.

Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm ingredients:

Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyethylene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Candelilla Wax, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Cera Microcristallina Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Flavor, Parfum.

+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 6, Red 7 Lake, Iron Oxide, Yellow 6 Lake, Anise Alcohol.

Lise Watier Rose Eden Tropical swatches

Swatched L-R: Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Rose Eden, Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Sortilège, and Blush Crème Satin in Rose Eden

Lise Watier Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Sortilège ($24 CAD)

Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Supreme review

Like all of those other wonderful, not-powder-not-creme eyeshadows, the Lise Watier Ombre Soufflé Suprême range touts a moist, loose formula. It’s a powder, but it’s held together with springy, cloud-like moisture – and not only do all of the shades in the range feel wet, but the high amount of shimmer in the formula almost makes them look wet, too.

Lise Watier Sortilege Ombre Souffle Supreme eyeshadow review

Sortilège is a beautifully complex brown, a little darker than most mid-toned shades. Its shimmer is riveting, capturing everything from pink to lime green and, of course, gold – the neutral/cool brown paired with the gold highlights should make it wearable on most. Honestly, Sortilège (French for spell, as in: magic!) is a little like looking into the universe itself… if the universe was made of equal parts “chocolate” and “pretty”. 

Sorgilège is a new permanent addition to the Ombre Soufflé Suprême line, alongside Prune Astral (a darkened plum), Tinker Bell (a soft, mossy green), and Wonderland (a bright yellow gold).

Lise Watier Ombre Soufflé Suprême ingredients:

Isododecane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-11, Petrolatum, Butyl Acrylate/Hydroxypropyldimethicone Acrylate Copolymer, Talc, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Ledum Groenlandicum Extract.

+/- Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Alumium Hydroxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Aluminium Powder.

Lise Watier Blush Creme Satin Rose Eden swatch review

Swatched L-R: Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Rose Eden, Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Sortilège, and Blush Crème Satin in Rose Eden

Lise Watier Blush Crème Satin in Rose Eden ($24 CAD)

Lise Watier Rose Eden creme blush review

Finally, to complete this trio of seriously beautiful products, a bit of cheek love. The Lise Watier Blush Crème Satin formula is new to the line, packaged in very solid-feeling glass and plastic — none of that flimsy business. Larger than the line’s cream eyeshadows, the blush is silicone-based, which both makes me wary of it and makes me want to touch it all the time.

Lise Watier Blush Creme Satin review Rose Eden

In the Blush Crème Satin formula, Rose Eden is blindingly bright — the kind of bright that never captures quite right on camera, and almost makes you want to put sunglasses on in real life. And, you guys, it’s beautiful, blending out to the softest, prettiest pink with no more than a flick of the wrist. It’s unbelievably easy to work with, blending like velvet to a powdery, second-skin finish and layering just as easily. 

The Blush Crème Satin is also available in Coral Paradise, a much more subdued shade — a sort of coral-nude, warmer and more natural than Rose Eden.

Lise Watier Blush Crème Satin ingredients:

Propanediol Dicaprylate, Dimethicone/Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswax, Silica, Carnauba Wax, Candelilla Wax, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Polyglyceryl-6-Polyricinoleate, Tocopherol.

+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Iron Oxides, Red 6, Red 7, Red 28 Lake, Red 40 Lake.

Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Rose Eden swatch review

Swatched L-R: Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Rose Eden, Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Sortilège, and Blush Crème Satin in Rose Eden

The verdict?

BUY ALL THE THINGS. 

I have literally never said that in a post before, but you guys – these are my highlights from Lise Watier’s summer launches. These are only the best of the very best, and I love them all (rather a lot). The jumbo lip pencil is beautifully fresh while still being elegant, the blush formula is literally the easiest one to work with that I have ever tried, and the eyeshadow — that’s just pretty. Really, really pretty.

Availability: the Hydra Kiss Colour Balms ($22 CAD) and Blush Crème Satin blushes ($24 CAD) are both limited edition until July, and I would absolutely recommend them both in Rose Eden if you can pull off pinks. The Sortilège Ombre Soufflé is permanent ($24 CAD), so you could wait for a sale (if you have that kind of restraint), and it would definitely suit warmer skintones better than the other two.

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Benefit Always a Bridesmaid: the perfect spring eye

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lavender lilac eyeshadow cream - Benefit Always a Bridesmaid

To follow up with Monday’s Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow review (read it here), I thought I’d bring you a quick eye look with the shade.

It applies much more sheerly than it swatches, so I photographed it three times: with one layer, two layers, and then two layers with a bit of shadow for depth. The whole look took me — I’d say under five minutes, all told.

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow look

Lavender lilac eye makeup look - one, two, shadow

One layer of Always a Bridesmaid / Two layers / Two layers + Urban Decay SWF and MAC Satin Taupe

On the lashes is Senna’s Voluptulash Mascara – I really like this one, but I don’t love it the way I love Fiberwig or Annabelle Expandable. On inner corner is Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow (mine is from before the reformulation), and on the outer corner, MAC Satin Taupe Eye Shadow.

Just to note, Satin Taupe was colour-adjusted here in post-production – I always forget how warm and ruddy this one goes on me, and I wanted to be fair to the lookAfter all, it’s not Always a Bridesmaid’s fault that Satin Taupe looks amazing on everyone but me!

MAC Satin Taupe, Benefit Always a Bridesmaid, Urban Decay SWF

Two layers of Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow / Two layers of Always a Bridesmaid with a hint of Urban Decay YDK and MAC Satin Taupe overtop. (With Senna Voluptulash Mascara).

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Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Always a Bridesmaid ($20 USD/$24 CAD)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in SWF ($18 USD/$22 CAD)

MAC Eye Shadow in Satin Taupe (Frost) ($15 USD)

Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22 USD)

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