Chanel’s fall 2016 collection includes two new limited edition Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows. I grabbed one of them, Rouge Brule. In the pot, it is a gorgeous, deep burnt red-orange that is perfect for fall. It applies lighter than it looks in the pot as it comes across as more red-copper. Unfortunately, the swatch photo makes the shade appear pinker. The shade performs well, but can be tricky to use like the typical lllusion D’Ombre shadows. Since the product is a cream/powder hybrid, it moves around when getting the product on the brush. It is easier to get the product on my lid using my finger, but I prefer the control of the brush. I found the shade easy to blend out before it sets and I didn’t experience any fading. You get 4g of product for $36.
L to R: C506, M500, M501
Make Up Forever just revamped its lipstick line. The new formula is said to be saturated with 25 percent more pigment than the original Rouge Artist, Artist Rouge Lipstick. The new formula is supposed to provide an intense, opaque color with a creamy, non-drying formula that will not bleed or feather. The line comes in a matte and satin finish. These lipsticks wear like iron. The matte finish lasted over six hours and left a nice stain behind after eating a meal. I didn’t have any issues with feathering.
I really like the new casing. It is a light weight, brush metal that is finger print resistant. It has nice heft with a secure sounding click. You get 3.5g (0.12oz) for $22.
1 – C506 (Dark Purple) – My natural lip color is quite dark, so on me this shade is a dark magenta purple. It has great pigmentation in a single pass, but tugged a bit when applying to dry lips. The satin finish provides a slight sheen. Compared to the matte formula, I can feel these on my lips.
2 – M500 (Wine Violet) – This is the perfect brick red for autumn. The matte formula is my favorite of the two, which is a nice surprise because it isn’t a finish I typically gravitate toward. This shade glides on effortlessly and it had lovely pigmentation.
3 – M501 (Plum Violet) – This shade is a medium dark red purple in a matte finish. Obviously, this shade is very close in color to C506. I purchased these online and wouldn’t have bought both if I had a chance to swatch them first. This shade is lighter and brighter than C506, but not by much on my skin coloring. On someone with a lighter natural lip color, it could look completely different. Like M500, it glides on smoothly and was very pigmented in a single pass.
Though I had the swatches of this collection in the Swatch Bin for some time, this post is extremely late.
Fyrinnae has released The Edwardian Collection for spring / summer. It is an interesting mix of neutral/skin tone shades and brighter colors. (There are a handful of shades that I didn’t pick up.) I love Fyrinnae shadows, but this collection is average. The shades are dupable with the exception of Brocade. If you have a large collection, you could probably skip the bulk of these shades unless of course you’re addicted to make up. This collection also includes a couple of lip lustre’s. The one I purchased is an improvement on the others I own.
- Marry Money is described as a sandy warm taupe with brown shimmer. On me, it is a pale, muted gold.
- Aristocratic Scandal is described as a medium golden brown.
- Tango is described as warm, rich burgundy with brown tones and shimmer.
- In Vino Veritas is a cool dusky pink over sheer grey base.
- Art Nouveau is a shimmering green over a sheer grey base.
- Brocade is a muted slate blue with golden bronze shimmer. I think this is a hit, but tricky to work with. The arm swatch shows this shadow in all its glory, but on my eye the blue and gold shimmer turns it green.
- Ragtime is a Lip Lustre in a warm deep plum. It is creamier and less streaky than the other Lip Lustre’s I own. It is nicely pigmented and comfortable to wear.
The eye shadows are $6.75 for 3 grams. The Lip Lustre are $7.