February 29, 2012

Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lip Gloss

I've been quite the busy bee, with two jobs and transitioning out of my old apartment into our new home. This is probably going to go on for some time. Since I enjoy makeup artistry so much, I am seriously considering making this my permanent job. Hopefully I can do that some time this year or the next. Then, perhaps, life will be a little less hectic.

I spent my New Year vacation overseas and made a promise to myself come true: that I would try new makeup brands. You see, there are a lot of good high end brands that are not available where I live. So whenever I travel, I make it a point to check these out. I could take the online store route but nothing beats swatching the product on my skin, feeling and smelling it.

I originally wanted the Chantecaille Brilliant Lip Gloss in Allure but it was unfortunately out of stock. The next color I was drawn to was Patina and so I ended up purchasing a tube.

Brilliant Lip Gloss is the perfect term for this, all right! It contains tiny shimmery particles that provide dimension to the lips. From afar, it seems like there's some color missing but upon closer inspection, it's just the light bouncing off the particles. That, and the high shine, will definitely draw attention to the lips.

Patina is a berry-red color that looks dark on the tube and applicator but turns out to be a much lighter shade on the skin. It makes red lipstick look even better when worn together.

It comes with a synthetic brush applicator that dispenses just enough for one application. The brush is sized just right so that it covers enough lip without going over the edges.

Good and great lip glosses have a formula that is in between. I've described it time and again - it doesn't feel tacky (or too thick and sticky), heavy, nor is it watery. Chantecaille Brillian Lip Gloss easily falls under the category of what good is like.

Wear time on me is about 2 to 3 hours and all the times I had to reapply was because I had wiped it off after eating or drinking... something I tend to do a lot!

I read somewhere that Chantecaille claims this plumps the lips? Well, there wasn't any plumping action that I could feel. You know the kind, when the lip product has a lot of the minty stuff that makes your lips feel like its swelling. I think that's just a marketing ploy and psychological. So the lack of plumping was not a deal breaker. Besides, the sparkles are enough to make your lips look supple.

So do I like it? Yes... and I'm not giving up on my hunt for Allure.

February 14, 2012

Was bored. Made face charts.

The one to the left is the same look I made during the photo shoot a couple of weeks ago.

February 8, 2012

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss No 56 Imaginaire

Gloss addicts will love this! Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss is the perfect balance between color and shine. I think this product draws attention to the lips but doesn't go over the top.

I'm not really the kind that gives importance to packaging but with high end brands, you can't help but notice. This is no exception with its sleek, black tube. It weighs more than your regular tube of gloss but it's so pretty that it's forgivable.

The applicator seems a bit strange to me - it's a like a regular doe-foot kind that was flattened. And because of that, the way you apply the product and maneuver the wand will be slightly different from the regular tip. It also controls the amount of product dispensed - after the first go, I always need to go back and get more. Unlike Chanel's Rouge Allure Laque which tends to dispense more than what I need.

The gloss itself is a bit on the heavy side and although it feels smooth, there's a hint of stickiness to it. It's not the kind of sticky that feels uncomfortable and obvious... subtle and necessary is what it is. I feel that the formula was made that way in order for longer wear. On average, I can wear this for two hours.

Imaginaire is a sheer baby pink color with a kick of coral. This can stand on its own because there's enough pigment in it to cover the lips. It looks lighter when applied as compared to what it looks like on the applicator. Upon closer inspection (click on the picture to see a larger image), I saw tiny reddish gold particles present. I actually did not notice these until I saw the product photo I took - its that subtle. This is key in adding a soft shimmer and dimension to this color.

I have two more shades that I'm saving for future posts... but I'd like to know what's your favorite Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss shade?