For the Spring 2014 Notes de Printemps CollectionChanel has released a limited edition shade of Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Preface.
What Nordstrom says about the Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder:
CHANEL POUDRE UNIVERSELLE COMPACTE pressed powder covers your skin in a translucent, natural matte finish while setting your makeup or providing you with an easy touch-up. The ultrafine, lightweight formula features light-reflecting pigments and a luxurious soft feel to give you a beautiful, radiant look.
The packaging is your usual sleek black compact with the white Chanel symbol and housed in a small velvet pouch. As you open the compact up there is a full mirror on the top side.
Preface is a sheer, soft peach powder. This powder is wonderful at providing a slightly matte finish to your face and keeping shine at bay. I also found it helped to set my face makeup and kept the blush I was wearing safe from fading. The texture is light and soft, the perfect finishing touch!
The slim sponge that it comes with can be pitched. With products like this I like to get a fluffy brush to apply them. I feel like with a sponge you’d just wipe off the other makeup underneath. I personally need that makeup underneath, since Preface is just a finishing powder and isn’t meant to conceal.
In the photo below Preface is swatched heavily to the left and blended out on the right.
Is it weird I wish this would have had some sort of fancy design etched into the powder? It’s limited edition, show me the pretty!
For the Spring 2014 Notes de Printemps CollectionChanel has a lovely pink and purple (and not horribly pastel) Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette in Quadrille. Yes, it’s limited edition.
What Nordstrom says about the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow:
One essential compact offers unlimited eye looks, with shade combinations ranging from matte to frost to satin for multiple looks, contrasting or complementary. The versatile formula can be applied dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color. Dermatologist tested. Organic polymer derivatives ensure smudge-proof long wear, particularly in high temperature or humidity.
Quadrille is the perfect blend of warm pink and purple for spring. This quartet has coordinating shades of mauve, ivory, browned eggplant and a peachy-pink for you to create simple and also more dramatic looks. Above I swatched these shades on my arm (sans primer) with the included sponge applicators.
This quad lasted the day (around 8 hours for me) and I found the texture of the shadows to be smooth and easy to blend into each other. I only experienced minor fall-out with the browned eggplant shade. When used dry these shades give off a decent amount of color, enough for me to use day or even at night. If you’re looking to enhance the pigment dampen your brush before use.
For the EOTD I began by priming the eye with Urban Decay Primer Potion. Using Quadrille I applied the mauve shade (top left) all over the lid, the browned eggplant shade (bottom right) in the outer V, the peachy-pink shade (bottom left) above the crease and the ivory shade (top right) to highlight and enhance the inner corners of the eyes. The liner is MAC Past Twilight Fluidline and the mascara is Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant and Too Faced Better Than Sex layered.
No matter how much makeup you put on your face, mascara is one of those products that finishes off not only your eye look, but completes your entire face as well.
Below I’ve compiled my Top 10 Must-Have Mascaras. These are the products and wands that work the best for me and my particular lashes. Some of these I’ve used consistently for over three years or more (replacing the actual mascara itself, of course!). Check them out and see if any of your faves made my list!
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. $10 gets you amazing bottom lashes to match your high-voltage upper lashes that you’ll get by using the rest of the mascaras on this list Bottom Lash is awesome because the brush is tiny and gets all of those hard to reach lash areas on the top and bottom of your lids.
Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant. If you ever needed the perfect lengthening mascara, you’ve found it right here. This looks great on it’s own, but when you put Too Faced Better Than Sex on top the effect is amazing!
MAC Plushlash in PlushBlack. Separates, curls, thickens and lengthens. No matter how many mascaras I love, this one always ends up being the mascara I go back to for daily use.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill. The brush is thick, giving lashes a lot of oomph. I love that this one never flakes or smudges all day. Very long lasting! There are several versions of this mascara, but I’ve found I like the original one the best.
CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher. It just does not clump. When this came out bloggers even tried THIRTY coats! Not only will it keep your lashes clump-free, but they’ll look awesome too!
Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara. I discovered this one when I was in the 2012 Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year competition. For the purposes of the competition we were sent a huge box of products to assist in the challenges. This mascara is one I still use to this day!
Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam. My first Rimmel product! This came in an Influenster VoxBox and is now a staple for me. The brush is in an hourglass shape and just does amazing things to my lashes. Coating well for thickening, but doesn’t go clump crazy.
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