Chanel Spring 2018 and Individual Swatches of Lip Blush

Spring makeup collection used to be my least favourite. They were all milky pastel that looked really bad on me. I looked forward to Summer brights and Autumn deeps, and Winter reds. Now it seems like those colours are all jumbled up. For Spring, Chanel has pinks, reds, oranges and they are anything but pastel. Let me show you some of the things I have, and I am most excited about the Chanel Lip Blush (RM135). If you read somewhere else that they are amazing, well, I’d put my feet up in agreement!

 

Chanel Spring 2018 makeup

 

Let me first show you the lip products I have. There are Rouge Coco (RM142) Rouge Intimiste 484 which is a beautiful berry red, Rouge Coco Shine (RM142) Poppy Orange 138, a warm orange red and Rouge Coco Gloss (RM135) Rose Naif 804, a sheer light pink. I have absolutely nothing to complain about these lip products. They are comfortable on the lips, and I adore the colours. C’mon. You know I love reds and oranges. I’m not so much of a gloss girl, but I see its value in making a matte lipstick shine.

 

 

There are a few nail polishes as well, and surprisingly for Spring, we get quite a few deeper shades. I have 4 colours.

 

 

Brun Contraste 618 – a deep brown that applies opaque in 2 coats

Violet Piquant 622 – a blue based deep purple that applies opaque in 3 coats

Prune Dramatique 628 – very similar to Brun Contraste but with a hint of reddish eggplant

Rose Neon 596 – a matte neon pink that I may not be attracted to (heh!)

I realized I forgot to take swatches of the Chanel Le Vernis (RM105) but I’ll update it on Instagram.

 

 

Now onto Chanel Lip Blush. These are absolutely stunning. I expected it to be either more of a blush or a gloss, but these lip blushes are actually great blushes and comfortable on the lips. They are not opaque on the lips of course. That would mean opaque colour on your cheeks, and we don’t want that. The colours look sheer on the lips, something more pigmented than a gloss but not as striking as a liquid lipstick. It dries down semi matte, and if you have dry patches on your lips, then it will show once the lip blush sets. On the cheeks, these are amazing. They are like gel blushes. Just make 2 dots on each cheek and pat away. It blends easily, and applies effortlessly with fingers or brush. If you’re unsure, I suggest you apply as little as possible and build up from there. They stay on me until I remove my makeup and given the packaging that looks like a lip gloss, they are very travel friendly. I always have one in my handbag. Here are the swatches of the 6 shades available.

 

 

410 Corail Naturel shows up least on me. It is a pale milky coral and I think it will look lovely on those with very fair ivory skin. Think Galadriel. And I’m not. So don’t compare, but you get the point. Photo below shows me wearing Corail Naturel on my cheeks and lips. It is very sheer because of the depth of the shade, and it makes a pretty blush more than a lipstick on me.

 

 

412 Orange Explosif is my absolute favourite of the 6. It’s orange. Need I say more?

 

 

414 Tender Rose is a pale milky rose which is slightly more pigmented than 410 Coral Naturel, but still sheer and pale nonetheless. Again, on my skin, it doesn’t look like much. As a blush, it looks very natural, but as a lipstick, it is too pale on me.

 

 

416 Teasing Pink is a brighter bolder blue based pink which looks great on many. I think it looks especially good on those with cooler skin tones.

 

 

418 Rouge Captivant is my second favourite of the lot. Because it’s red. And this red does not stamp a pair of baboon’s ass on my face.

 

 

Last but not least, 420 Burning Berry. This is the first colour I tried on because I found it interesting. It looks so dark in the tube but it’s a sheer deep berry. I have to be careful where I place the product on my cheeks. I like to use it only on the apple of my cheeks, higher up closer to my eyes. On lighter skin, this looks quite vampy, but I imagine it to look stunning on darker skin.

 

 

There you go. A picture heavy post, but I wanted to show you all the 6 lip blushes, worn on both cheeks and lips so you can decide. Apologies for the inconsistent lighting for the pictures, because I only depend on natural light. I hope you get an idea of how these lip blushes look anyway.

Do you see anything that catches your eye here?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Review and Swatches: Dior Precious Rocks Collection Holiday 2017

I’ll be very quick with this post. I want to get the swatches and initial thoughts out as soon as possible, since this collection is already out in stores. This is the Dior Holiday 2017 makeup collection, called the Dior Precious Rocks Collection.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

And as you’d see from the design of the eye palettes, they are made to look like little jewels. Named as such too. The main colours that take the theme are ruby and emerald. I am naturally pulled towards the ruby colour. As what you see from rubies, the red is deeper, and slightly warm. The emeralds here are beautiful too. Think deep sea foam, mermaids and sea castle. Hahaha!

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

The eye shadows (RM265), when compared to the previous years’, are a bit different. We are not seeing golds anymore, but jewel tones. We have a Ruby palette and an Emerald palette, and again, I am drawn to Ruby. The reds are warmer, and with the addition of brown, this palette is more wearable than many think. The Emerald palette is gorgeous too, but I hardly wear lime green or bright emerald on my lids. I’ll have to experiment with this palette more to find out. The texture of these palettes are a huge improvement from last year’s as well. While still on the sheer side, these eye shadows are easy to apply and they blend beautifully without turning ashy.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

For nail polishes, Dior usually has an accessory every year in the form of glitter. This year is no different, but instead of having a glitter top coat, we have a glitter liner. The brush you get from this nail polish is a very fine liner brush which you use for nail art. I am still much of a novice in nail arts, and with shaky hands, I can’t do anything fancy. If you’re an enthusiast, I’m sure you’d already have plenty of ideas on what to do with it.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

The only product that I’m slightly bummed about is the brow gel. It is called the Diorshow Bold Brow (RM97), and it’s in gold colour. I tried this, and it basically adds glittery tips to your brows. I think with a heavy hand, you can definitely tint your brows gold, but seriously, I am NOT into that look. I am still thinking of an alternative use for this product. Any suggestions are welcome 🙂

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

Dior has one of the most beautiful blushes around, and this is no exception. Here, we have Diorblush Precious Rocks in 864 (RM189) and it’s a peachy pink that is flattering on most skin tones. We also have a glittery loose powder (RM280) this year, which is very festive. I for one, won’t be wearing that all over my face, but perhaps on my shoulders or my legs. Then again, the fine gold glitters do transfer, and I’m not comfortable with having that all over my clothes.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

Last but not least, some liquid products. I have a Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in 778 Ruby Essence (RM115). It is a warm brownish red with metallic finish. The formula, like all Dior glosses, is comfortable to wear. Some glosses are so sticky they kind of glue your lips together but Dior glosses never do that. It’s something I really appreciate… even though my hair still sticks to my lips. That’s probably why I prefer lipsticks! I have 2 Diorific Matte Fluid (RM155) to try, and they are in 006 and 007. There’s a deep red and a bright coral. One so bright, it can be considered neon. You won’t be able to tell in photos, but in real life, this has to be toned down a notch.

 

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The Diorific Matte Fluids are very pigmented. They can be used on cheeks and lips. Compared to last year’s, this year’s is not as blendable on the cheeks, but definitely more wearable on the lips. It doesn’t feel dry when worn as a lipstick, but on the cheeks, it has to be used VERY sparingly and blended out as quickly as possible or it will set. As a lipstick, they stay put for a long time, and even after food, they leave a strong stain. To remove, I had to use an oil based remover. Then again, no lipstick could ever last through a greasy Asian meal. EVER! I’d be worried if one did, actually. Very worried. Some of you saw how this performed on me when I tried it the first time on Instastories, so you’d know what I’m talking about.

I will be putting up another post soon, wearing these products. If there’s anything that I think is worth a look, and I’m assuming you already have a few basic products in your collection, I’d suggest looking at the Diorific Matte Fluid. I really like the red which is 006. It makes your face look flushed like you sprinted outside when it’s very cold, it can be worn as a stain on top of a lip balm for a kissable strawberry pout, and it looks super chic when worn as a lipstick.

Have you tried or seen the Dior Precious Rocks collection at your nearest Dior?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Review and Swatches: Chanel Holiday Collection 2017

I have to say for the past few years, I am most attracted to Chanel Holiday Collections. I had to get my friends to hunt down the limited edition collection for me, because sadly, there is no Chanel counter where I live. This year, Chanel offers us a lot of red. Red lipsticks – which in my opinion, are the stars of this collection. I used to pay more attention to their eye shadow palettes, but this year, the red lips take the show.

 

Review and swatches of Chanel Holiday Makeup Collection 2017

 

Let’s save the Chanel Holiday lipsticks for later, and talk about the eye offerings for a while. We have the Trait De Caractere eye shadow palette (RM225), the Ombre Premiere cream eye shadow in Silver Screen 822 (RM140) and the Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Legendary Green 857 (RM100). I raved about the eye liners before, and this is no different. It is creamy and pigmented, doesn’t drag my eyes, and it stays put.

 

Review and swatches of Chanel Holiday Makeup Collection 2017

 

The eye shadow palette however, is not as I expected. The jewel toned palette is gorgeous to look at, and I fully expected it to be creamy and pigmented. However, the palette as a whole is quite sheer. The lighter shades are a bit too close in colour. One is a pinky shimmer while the other a light gold shimmer. As you can see in the swatches below, you can barely tell them apart on my skin colour. There is a deep eggplant, a dark greyish brown and an emerald. The 2 darker colours in the middle of the palette perform better on the eye lids, when applied with a brush. You’ll need to use an eye primer, or a cream eye shadow as a base for these colours to stay better too. I had high hopes for the emerald, but it is sheer. Actually, I don’t mind a sheer eye shadow, but this one disappears when you blend it out. So what I need to do after blending, is actually to use my finger to pat it on again, to add some colour back. I love the colour story that this palette brings, but don’t really like the effort needed to make it work.

However, Silver Screen is another story. It is GORGEOUS!! I love the formula of the Ombre Premiere cream shadow. It stays put on my lids without a primer. Does not crease or fade for 5 hours and that’s more than enough for me. Silver Screen is a warm pewter with a tinge of olive green and flecks of silver sheen. It is a colour that I don’t have in my vast collection of eye shadows. The closest I have is the Lancome Erica F but that one is more green and cooler. Silver Screen, when paired with Legendary Green smudged out, makes a beautiful modern green smokey eye. LOVE!

 

Review and swatches of Chanel Holiday Makeup Collection 2017

 

Now for the Chanel Holiday red lips. There is a Rouge Coco Gloss in 784 (RM135) and 3 lipsticks numbered 1, 2 and 3. No1 is a Rouge Allure (RM146) lipstick while Nos 2 and 3 are Rouge Allure Velvet (RM146) lipsticks. Rouge Allure has a satin and shiny finish while Rouge Allure Velvet gives a semi matte velvety finish. For this festive season, Chanel changed its signature black lipstick casing to red and gold. You click the gold double Cs to open the lipstick and to put it back, just click it shut. The whole lipstick feels and looks luxurious. The gloss smells slightly fruity (just me?) but the lipsticks are scentless and that just won me over. Lipsticks need to be scentless!

 

Review and swatches of Chanel Holiday Makeup Collection 2017 Review and swatches of Chanel Holiday Makeup Collection 2017

 

784 is a red gloss which makes your lips look full and juicy, as if you have jello for lips. It does have a sticky finish which I don’t favour, but I’m not a fan of glosses anyway. The red lipsticks don’t look very different from each other, and even in real life, the difference is subtle. No1 is the brightest of all (looks like tomato red), with No2 being a true red, and No3 the deepest with a hint of berry tone. They are surprisingly easy to wear, even straight out of the bullet. I don’t usually use lip liner because I like to wear my lipsticks with a diffused edge, a worn in look. When I wear the reds like that, I look more casual, less done up and I can even wear it without makeup, with my glasses on. And yes, even when I go grocery shopping with 3 kids and a husband in tow. Red lips are versatile, and I have been wearing lots of reds this year! So seeing this in a collection makes me happy. There are a few more products lined up in this collection but I don’t have them with me.

I want to show you how these different lipsticks look on me, but this post has gotten too long. I’ll come up with a few looks for you in another post, OK? Did anything catch your eye? You need to see Silver Screen in person though. My photos do it no justice! This collection is available starting 1 November, so I still have time to show you how they look like when worn. I’ll get back to you ASAP!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Quick Swatch: Chanel Cruise 2017 Summer Makeup Collection

I just want to post some pictures and swatches here because this collection launched yesterday nationwide. I’ve been posting the nail colours on my Instagram account, so you can hop on there to have a look. There are 4 colours in total, and I have 3 of them. The Chanel Le Vernis (RM95) are easy to apply, and it seems like they even out themselves for a perfect application, except for 560 Coquillage which is thicker in texture, which makes it streaky and uneven.

 

 

For the lips, you can choose a soft sheer glossy touch with Rouge Coco Shine (RM120), with shades like sunny peach and warm nude, or go statement with Rouge Coco Stylo (RM120) in Sepia. Sepia is a pigmented warm reddish chocolate which gives off a dark sexy mood.

 

 

For this collection, Chanel released 2 shades for Stylo Yeux Waterproof (RM100) and for Inimitable Waterproof Mascara (RM130). The one I have to show you are Horizon, a very dark olive brown and Vert Profond, a deep green. The eyeliner is super pigmented and soft. You only need to use very light pressure to apply, or you’d end up with either a broken tip or a thick line. For a more precise cat eye using this eyeliner, I’d suggest using a brush for that flick. Makes life easier 😉

 

 

Here are the swatches

 

 

Last but not least, Le Beige Poudre Glow (RM200). No Summer collection is complete without a bronzer of some sort. There are 5 shades to choose, from subtle pinky beige to deep chocolate bronze. I have Medium Light and it’s just enough to give me that slight glow without looking a few shades darker. As you can see on my arm, it is more of an all over powder for a subtle warmth rather than making me look tanned. I don’t like to wear bronzers because some make me look muddy and dirty, but Medium Light suits me just right. I tried to capture it in photos, but it just won’t show. It’s quite annoying, really. That’s the problem with using sunlight. If you’re interested, you’ll just have to try it on yourself and find the right shade for you.

 

 

That’s it for today. I’ll put up some photos of me wearing these product in a later post. Watch out for my Sunday Stash Shopping series!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

 

Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016. Swatches.

Less words, more pictures! This collection is available since 1st of this month so you might have tried them yourself already. If you’re not in Malaysia, you might already have this since last month. Oh before you continue to swatches and mini reviews, please note… picture heavy!

 

 

Dior summer 2016

 

 

Here are some of the things I have. If at a glance, nothing impresses you, I urge you to try the powders. I tried the nail polish (RM125) first, and they’re cute, a pair of complementary colors with a dotting tool to play with. I realized I’m not that uncoordinated after all. That, or it’s just very easy to make dots. Hhmmm…

 

 

Pastilles

 

 

The lip products are great, just as I expected from Dior. The Milky Tint (RM120) is very light and it doesn’t feel sticky or heavy. Dior Addict in Appeal (RM115) is very sheer though.

 

 

Dior lipslipstick swatch

 

 

The eye shadow palette (RM265) is a little underwhelming while the fluid shadow (RM119) is something to look at. The liquid eye shadow does not budge on my lids. It’s quite impressive! It’s also easier to apply than I thought. Instead of applying it straight from the wand, I place some product at the back of my hand and then apply it onto my lids using either my finger or a brush. Works great both ways.

 

 

eye palette Escapade fluid shadow eye palette swatches

 

 

Now the powders. They don’t look impressive. Summer Glow (RM225) looks like very shimmery loose power and Nude Glow (RM248) is just a pretty lilac compact. So what? Look at the swatch. I wouldn’t look at it twice. On the face however, it’s a completely different story. Summer Glow adds a sheen of golden peachy warmth to my face, without looking fake or shimmery at all. On medium skin, it brings a glow to the complexion. I tested it on Ashlyn so I know it looks gorgeous! I don’t apply using the puff though. I use a blush brush and apply it across my cheeks and nose. Nude Glow in 025 Fresh Rose is a highlighter with flashes of lilac. I haven’t seen anything like it to be honest. They’re a beautiful combo!

 

 

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I wish the photos translate the beauty, but I just can’t capture it no matter how hard I tried. Here are 2 photos using the eye palette and powders, and Milky Peach. The first one is taken in natural light. You can’t see the powders in action at all. You can see some warmth but not that glow. The next is taken in low light, in front of my vanity. You can see something, but not much. You can head on to my Instagram for that photo which looks more obvious. You can also see the nail polish in action.

 

 

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Have you tried anything from this collection? Trust me on this one. Try the powders ON YOUR FACE and tell me what you think!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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Review: Dior Spring 2015

I have 3 little things to show you from Dior’s Spring 2015 collection. I have a Dior Addict Lip Maximizer (RM97), a top coat in Ecloision (RM80) and a Cheek & Lip Glow (RM140). These are already available at Dior counters nationwide, I was told, so I got this post out before the collection is gone. I’m not going to talk about the Lip Maximizer because I already wrote a full review on it 2 years ago, and my thoughts remain the same. I used up 2 tubes already, mainly for the “lipgasm” not for the bee stung lips.

 

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