If someone had been watching me browse around Boots yesterday they would have wondered what could have turned my relaxed, almost bored demeanour into a fit of frantic panic/excitement/joy/indecision. If they had bothered to ask, the incoherent response would play out like a charity song collaboration with several big name voices trying to out-sing each other (think “We are the World”, “That’s what friends are for”, etc). This particular song features:
- She Loves Praline (me)
- Impulsive Praline (my impulsive and excitable side)
- Sensible Praline (my sensible side)
Omg the new Chanel eye shadows are out! (they’re out?! how can that be? I haven’t seen many reviews or tutorials on them yet! I thought they weren’t out until … OMG it’s March!!!) Oh they look gorgeous *paws them* (I have to have them now – I want them but which ones?! *recalls drool worthy promo pics of Tisse Ventien* I want them all!!!!) Excuse me, these are the new quads right? How much are they? £40?
[Enter Sensible Praline]: I only have 10 minutes until I have to start making my way to dinner. Better wait until I can look up swatches and reviews so I know which one to get. And anyway Debenhams are doing 10% off all Beauty this week and likely John Lewis are doing a price match
[CUE random bumps, crashes, tears, screams, punches and shouting]
I’ll take Tisse Ventien and Tisse Gabrielle thanks. Oh the Le Volume mascara now comes in Waterproof? (Le Volume my favourite mascara ever! It comes in Khaki?!) Yes please I’ll have one of those too.
Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Gabrielle – taupe, ivory, deep plum and smokey purple shades
Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Ventien – teal green, icy pink, emerald shimmer and a complex seafoam shimmer
Here they are swatched on my tanned arm (just back from a beach holiday) – I’m probably NC35 at the moment (usually NC30). The shadows are pigmented and buttery soft – no powderiness and the product picks up a little like mineral eye shadows. They also feel much softer than the regular EU baked quads and I can’t wait to take them for a spin tonight!
With magazines and blogs awash with previews of upcoming holiday collections (I’m looking at you Chanel and NARS) it be wise to be prudent with the hauls in anticipation of a big spend in a couple of months time. But one could be forgiven for letting a collection slip through especially when it’s NARS coming out with a new range of eye paints – creamy colours of pigmented goodness that double as eye liner or cream eye shadow.
There are 10 colours available and the standouts for me were Black Valley and Mesopotamia (matte black and brown), Snake Eyes and Ubangi (black based shimmers in emerald and navy) and the shimmery gold Iskandar for the silly season. I went home with Snake Eyes and Iskandar but Ubangi and Mesopotamia are next on my list!
Here’s Snake Eyes swatched with other shimmery emeralds (L-R):
- MAC Powerglide Intense liner in Black Line (this has more black and less blue)
- Bobbi Brown gel liner in Ivy Shimmer (darker and less shimmer)
And if you’re wondering, no that black smudge is not dirt and smog from the London underground – it’s actually NARS Night Clubbing eye shadow. As you can see it’s quite rubbish on its own but worn over a black base the green shimmer does make an appearance.
They’re out now exclusive to Selfridges at £18.50 each. They should be available on the NARS website soon but in the meantime check out their Get the Look video for Mesopotamia and Mozambique.
Okay so it’s August and officially it’s still summer – but the new collections are too hard to resist! NARS have two 6-pan eyeshadow palettes out: Fairy’s Kiss and Ride Up to the Moon. These come in the new smaller size like the And God Created Woman palette. I’m a fan of lavender, grey and purple combinations so I went with Fairy’s Kiss:
Manosque (top left) is a shimmery pink beige and exclusive to this palette, but the standout shade for me is definitely Brousse III (top right) – a rich shimmery violet. Deep and buttery enough not to need a black base to bring out the colour.
The new 413 BLKR lipstick (available exclusively on the NARS website in the UK) is a creamy matte brown rose. It hardly has any red so it’s definitely not for the faint hearted! Here is a swatch sandwiched between YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #206 Grenat Satisfaction (left) and Tom Ford Lip Color in Black Orchid (right). Black Orchid is plummier and Grenat Satisfaction is deeper.
These almost make me look forward to Autumn… almost!
After reading good reviews on Guerlain’s BB offering, I rushed to get my hands on it as soon as I found out it’s available in the UK. Having only 15 minutes before I had to meet someone for dinner, I hurriedly asked for it in Medium and on impulse decided to get the Fard Metal Iridescent Eyeshadow in No 2 Bronze as well. BIG MISTAKE! Was a perfect foundation shade ever found in 10 minutes? Of course not. Classic school girl mistake. In MAC terms I’m an NC30 and I think the Medium shade would suit someone who is NC35 better.
The finish is very natural, more satin than matte and I would say the coverage is medium. It evens out the skin tone nicely and might work better for me if the London summer ever steps up to give me some kind of tan this year.
See swatches below compared to other tinted moisturisers (L-R):
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Nude, Guerlain LDP BB in Medium, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Bisque, NARS Tinted Moisturiser in St Moritz