Review: Chanel Les Beiges 2018

The Chanel Les Beiges is back and it is available first of May. I could wait until closer to the launch date, but I really want to show you. Chanel Les Beiges is about enhancing your natural look so expect some sheer and glowy goodness. My personal makeup style always leans toward natural. I like sheer foundations, eye shadows that are buildable instead of those super pigmented ones. You would have guessed if you’ve been following this blog πŸ™‚

So I’m happy to say that this Les Beiges collection is right up my alley. I have a few items here, so let me show you. Oh also, isn’t this neoprene bag beautiful?

 

Chanel Les Beiges 2018

 

First, let me talk about face products, the Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer (RM220) and Les Beiges Harmonie Multi Colour Healthy Glow (RM220). I have both of these in the shade Medium. The other 2 shades of the tinted moisturizer are Light and Medium Light. Medium is actually way too dark for me, but because it is sheer, it still works. What I do is apply a thin layer on my face then brighten the center of my face using a light concealer. Due to the darker colour, I have to also pull it down to my super pale neck to even out my overall complexion. For reference, I’d say Medium is more suited for those with MAC NC25 or NC30 or Chanel 30 skin tones. The texture is very light and it has slight light reflective properties that make your skin look super healthy. It only evens out your skin, so you have to have good skin, or you’d need to spot conceal.

The Harmonie Multi Colour Healthy Glow in Medium is a bronzer on me. The other 2 shades are Light and Deep. I have a Medium Light from last year, and that one is more subtle of course. These bronzers are buildable and have a luminous finish. I prefer to use a light fluffy brush to apply for just a hint of warmth because on my skin, it looks a bit orange. It comes with a brush, and it is a pinched flat brush that is surprisingly soft. It works for me because I only apply in small areas, but if you like to warm up your whole face, you might need a bigger brush or it’ll take forever.

 

Les Beiges tinted moisturizer swatch

 

Next up, the Les Beiges Eyeshadow Palette (RM285). There are 2 variations, Light and Deep, and I have the Light version. It is a palette with 5 glowy colours, from light beige, taupe, lilac to deep purple.Β It is supposed to be sheer, so if you like something that packs a punch, then this is not for you. I like that these purples are not in your face, and the sheerness of it makes it very wearable on most light skin tones.

 

 

To match this eyeshadow palette is a lip balm. The Les Beiges Lip Balm (RM142) comes in 3 different colours, Light, Medium and Deep. Light is a rosy pink that enhance the lips. It evens out my lips and is comfortable on. It is not slippery nor is it too greasy.

 

 

Last but not least, my favourite of the lot, the Les Beiges Stick Blush (RM175). This time, they launched a No.25 which is a coral pink. Last year’s No.23 was a lighter coral and one of my go to. I think they had a pink as well, but I didn’t pick it up because I own way too many pink blushes already. The Stick Blush is not tacky or wet, and it goes on smooth and powdery but with a luminous finish. What I like about it is I can use this even after I’ve set my foundation with powder. It does not move the foundation underneath, unless of course, you rub your face with more force than needed. I personally like to just pat it on with my fingers. Very light taps for a beautiful light flush.

So there you go. I think there’s this new Gel Touch Foundation that will be launched with this collection, but I don’t have it. I read some good reviews online, so I might check it out after it is launched in May. I’ll come up with a look or two with these products. My husband kidnapped my camera for a week now, and I need to get it back to take more photos.

I’ll be back with FOTDs soon. Have you tried anything from Chanel Les Beiges before? Anything you like?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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

 

 

 

RMS Lip2Cheek Modest

I think along with the RMS Living Luminizer, another product from the brand I have always wanted to try is the RMS Lip2Cheek. There are a few colours I’m interested in, but in the end, my pick is Modest. I think it’s the closest to my skin’s natural flush, only brighter, and I want to try something that’s more natural looking. It is described as a fresh, rich berry pink colour, but I’d just say it’s a rose.

Modest is creamy and pigmented, and all the oils in the ingredients make it very comfortable even on the lips. Coconut and caster oils are the highest in the list of ingredients, followed by beeswax, shea butter and jojoba oil. I like to apply with fingers because I prefer a sheerer application. I always start by applying a thin layer of product, then add on more later, if needed.

 

 

I’m wearing Modest on my cheeks and lips in photos above, but it doesn’t look like I’m wearing much. So, I decided to do a comparison. One with all basic makeup done except cheeks and lips, and another, with Modest on cheeks and lips.

 

 

See the difference?

I have my eyes on Spell and Smile and maybe one day, I’ll get my hands on them. I bought this from the Sephora Malaysia website when they JUST introduced RMS so it was much cheaper (RM105, promo price maybe? I don’t know). I believe it is now RM160. I’m not sure if our local Sephora carries this in stores. I don’t go out much to shop makeup these days. So easy to just click, yet so dangerous. I’ve always loved cream blushes because they look so much more like skin. These stay on my skin for about 5 hours and they also go on well on top of powder.

Have you tried anything from RMS?

 

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 πŸ™‚

 

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: Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Beauty Glow

I bought this Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette, Beauty Glow edition a while back from Cult Beauty. I believe this is the second version, and there’s a smokey edition out on Beautylish. This palette is still available for purchase so I don’t know if it’s limited edition or permanent. It is basically a palm sized palette that consists of 3 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. It’s a palette that can certainly take you from day to night, with addition of eyeliner, mascara and a change of lipstick.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Beauty Glow

 

Compared to the other Charlotte Tilbury palette I talked about, this one scores nearly full marks. The eye shadows are smooth and buttery, and blushes pigmented, the bronzer just the right amount of depth for a light skin tone and a highlighter that is subtle enough but that surely adds glow. This is a palette that works better on lighter skin tone, I find. All the colours in this palette are quite light, with the exception of Eye Smoke, a matte dark brown, used to add depth to the eyes. One shade baffles me, however, and that is the Cheek Swish. It is way too dark to be used on my skin as a blush. It looks like a burnt copper shade, that seems to me is more suited as a bronzer. I tried that, but it’s way too red and muddy for that. This shade does not sit well on the apples of the cheeks, it does not work as a contour nor does it work as a bronzer. It still is, until today, a question mark to me. Maybe it just does not work well with my skin tone. So, I use it as an eye shadow.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Beauty Glow swatches

 

As you can see in the swatches above and below, the colours are easy to wear. You can also see that Swish is darker than Bronze. Honestly, other than my issue with Swish, this palette is, I think, wonderful for every day wear.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Beauty Glow swatches

 

Here’s how I wore it the other day.

 

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Brows are Shu Uemura Stone Grey. I used Eye Enhance all over my lids and Eye Smoke to line. Added some mascara, and on my cheeks, I have Bronze, Highlight and Pop. Omitted Swish. On my lips is my only Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, in Pillow Talk. A perfect nude for me.

In short, I think this palette achieves what it aims to – to give us a natural effortless look that glows. I’m quite happy with this purchase, and won’t hesitate to bring this palette with me when I travel. The only thing is, I prefer makeupless when I walk about exploring πŸ™‚

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Les Beiges de Chanel: Quick Thoughts and Swatches

I’m still a relatively newb when it comes to Chanel. It’s appalling, I know, but the nearest Chanel counter is 200km away, and when I do travel, I don’t usually have the time to leisurely look at makeup. One of the things I hate is having someone breathing down my neck while I’m browsing, asking me if I’m done already, or quite possibly having the kids calling Mommy non stop and ruining the makeup on display! So truth be told, I’m still quite excited with Chanel makeup, and Lucia Pica has been doing quite well ever since her first makeup collection last year.

 

 

LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW GEL TOUCH FOUNDATION SPF 25/PA+++ (RM210.00 and Refills @ RM160.00)

(Beige 10 – 60 and Beige Rose 12 & 22)

Let me first talk about this Gel Touch Foundation. It comes in a familiar compact like many other cushions, but instead of a cushion, it’s a netting with cooling gel foundation in it. This aqueous emulsion is very lightweight and it goes on effortlessly, when applied with the included sponge or with a brush. I personally like to apply using a brush because it’s faster, and save the sponge for touching up later, when needed. The foundation goes on cooling to the skin, which is a welcome when the weather is hot. It doesn’t oxidize on my skin, and on my normal to dry skin, it gives off a dewy finish. I would think those with oily skin might not enjoy it as much. I took it traveling with me, and in a drier weather, I don’t have to powder. However, when I’m home, I do need to powder for it to stay longer. It gives a light coverage, only enough to even out the complexion. For spots and dark circles, I’d need concealer. I like how natural it is, and how it makes my skin look – healthy and dewy. I normal use shade 10, but I have 20 for this, which works as well. If you’re looking for medium to heavy coverage foundation, then this is not for you.

 

 

LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW NATURAL EYESHADOW PALETTE (RM260.00)

This is an eye palette with subtle shades. If you’re looking for super pigmented shadows, you gotta look elsewhere, my friend. This is a palette which enhances the eyes and at the same time, still gives off a natural fresh look. The shades are sheer and if you’re new to eye makeup, or if you have trouble blending, then this palette will make it very easy for you. The shades are all easy to wear, and even the darkest shade is subtle enough for a day time smokey eye. If you’re in the market for something bolder, then let me point you to their Ombre Premier eye collection which I reviewed earlier. I created some gorgeous smokey eye looks using those shadows. Love them!

 

 

LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR STICK (RM170.00)

I didn’t manage to try this when it came out a couple of years back so I’m glad this is relaunched. I read good things, and I’m not disappointed at all. Compared to cream blushes in pots, I find this blush to be lighter, still creamy but more slippery. It is very easy to apply and blend. I usually blend with my fingers, and the blush just glides without tugging. It is again, sheer, which I appreciate, because it’s not as easy to have clown cheeks. I have the iridescent pink (No 23) and it is very flattering on my warm skin. I’m contemplating getting the coral as well – need to get someone to help me purchase. That’s the downside of not having a Chanel near me. Or maybe it’s a good thing because my wallet doesn’t have to suffer too often.

Here are the swatches of the said products…

 

 

Left to right: Gel Touch Foundation in No 20 (which you can see is slightly darker than my arm), the blush in No 23, and the eye palette.

Here’s how these products look on me.

 

 

I applied the makeup in a hurry, actually. I was heading out and everyone was waiting for me. I know I needed a few minutes to take the photos, so I just slapped everything on carelessly. You can’t notice the blush in the pictures, which is a shame. I tend to be quite light handed with blush and for it to show on camera, I have to really pack it on (not a good idea since I was going out). I’m sure you get the idea of the shade in the swatch above.

Have you checked out any of these?

Here’s wishing you a great week ahead. Monday blues be gone!

 

xoxo Lily