[Review] Chanel Spring/Summer 2019 Collection: vision d’Asie l’art du détail + Le Blanc 2019

I’m fairly new to makeup from Chanel. I’m not a collector, I just tend to gravitate to whatever catches my eye. This new SS19 collection release did grab my attention, it even made me buy things which are normally out of my comfort zone. Lucia Pica is global creative make-up and colour director for Chanel and this collection was inspired from her trip to Japan and South Korea.

From chanel.com

Lucia Pica draws inspiration from the radiant and subtle contrasts seen during her trip through Asia, where she explored the cities, streets and markets. Captivated by the beauty of everyday details, she creates an intense range of makeup with green, blue, gold, ivory and fuchsia shades. A luminous collection.

There were so many things that I wanted from this collection but I thought it be more sensible to just pick up the limited edition items first. For information on the whole collection, see Chanel’s website SS19 page here.

I picked up two things, the les 9 ombres in Edition N°2 #Quintessence and Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in #71 Nuance.

les 9 ombres in Edition N°2 #Quintessence

les 9 ombres in ÉDITION N°2 QUINTESSENCE
les 9 ombres in ÉDITION N°2 QUINTESSENCE

This 9 pan eyeshadow palette is the hero of the collection. Edition 1 was released last year and that had more pastel, lighter tones. Edition 2 is quite the opposite and really reflects her inspiration of colours from Asia.

les 9 ombres in Edition N°2 #Quintessence – Swatched over primer. Some of the shades didn’t swatch so well but perform better on the eye.

At first I didn’t think the colours were cohesive enough. They were also colours that I didn’t have and don’t normally wear. I have discovered since that you can use it either way, the neutral colours for an everyday look or the deeper colours for a bolder look for the evening or more editorial looks. There are intense mattes which can be built up and lovely high shine shimmering satin formulas in this palette which compliment the mattes nicely. The SA Michael (in Myer City, very helpful and lovely) applied the teal shadow in my outer corners and filled the inner part with the gold shimmer, so simple and looked gorgeous. Even though the colour story didn’t speak to me immediately, I have really loved playing with the colours and really glad that I picked it up.

A couple of looks I came up with. Please excuse my otherwise bare face and bad lighting. I’m also not skilled with taking selfies of any kind.
Left: Used the light taupe matte shade to set Lorac Primer, applied the red matte shade all over and darkened the lashline and outer edge with the matte brown.
Right: Used the light taupe matte shade to set Lorac Primer, applied the teal blue all over and darkened the lashline and outer edge with the dark blue

Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in #71 Nuance

#71 Nuance

This is the first Chanel lipstick that I own and I was curious about the “luminous matte” formula. I would describe the formula as being a creamy matte. It does have a slight sheen to the finish but it’s not glossy or obvious, more of a satin finish. After watching a Chanel video where Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw, applied Nuance paired with a bold eye, I knew I needed to get my hands on it. Nuance is a warm peachy nude shade and is the perfect nude for me without looking like concealer on my lips because of the warm undertone. It also compliments my warm complexion nicely. It’s staying power isn’t great since it is a bullet lipstick but it feels comfortable to wear which is what matters more to me. There is another shade in this collection, #73 Imperial which is a lovely mid tone red.

There’s a couple of other items which I want to pick up from this collection, which are permanent. They are the BAUME ESSENTIEL Multi-Use Glow Stick in Sculpting, which is a subtle cream highlighter stick and the Ombre première Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in #840 Patine Bronze.

From their Le Blanc 2019 collection I picked up the Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo in Tweed Beige. The SA applied this on my cheeks in store and I fell hard for the shade. It’s such a lovely rosy beige shade. If Hourglass’ Brilliant Nude and Nars’ Madly had a baby, then this would blush duo would be the result.

Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo in Tweed Beige.

I think the shade is unique and can double up as a bronzer and blush on the cheeks. The tweed effect of gold shimmer runs through it which luckily is just overspray. If you like a sparkly mess then you’ll like the gold shimmer. I prefer the natural luminous flush of colour so once the overspray is removed, it’s perfect. This blush duo isn’t a new product but this shade is part of their new release. There is also another new shade in this collection as well in Tweed Pink which is a bit too bright for my taste. Chicprofile.com has a great post on the collection here.

The last thing I picked up from this mini Chanel haul was the Inimitable mascara. This is permanent and part of their regular collection. I bought the original one, non waterproof one. It also comes in Intense and Waterproof variations. It has a small rubber brush which seperates my lashes really well. It’s average in terms of volumising and lengthening, you’ll need a couple of coats to get some definition.

Inimitable mascara (original)

It smudges a little bit by the end of the day but it’s not too bad. Doesn’t flake at all. It’s good but I probably wouldn’t buy this again. The Hourglass caution mascara has the same claims but is cheaper and doesn’t smudge.

Chanel is available in Australia from Myer and David Jones department stores.

Have you picked up anything from Chanel’s latest 2019 collections? Let me know in the comments!

Top 4 mascaras which I can always rely on!

Mascara is one of those makeup items which I’ve constantly switched up and tested. They can be affordable enough to do so and with their shorter than usual life span, repurchasing or trying out a new one is typically a normal thing to do. 

I’ve used my fair share of mascaras, from drug store to luxury and I can tell you that I have had more flops than good discoveries. When you wear makeup, you want it to last, you don’t want to keep checking your face just in case something has gone out of whack. I find that eyeliners and mascaras are the biggest culprits of disrupting your look and it’s a real hassle to have to keep on wiping smudges above or under your eyes or picking off flecks of mascara off your face. I adore pandas but I do not want my eyes to look like theirs!

For these reasons and more, I wanted to share four mascaras which are tried and tested and which I can always rely on, even through sweat, exercise and humidity. I also look for length, volume and lift (yes I want it all!) with mascaras so you will notice that some of these brushes have a similar shape. If you’re interested in hearing about which ones they are, please keep on reading!

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Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Milk Makeup Kush Mascara
Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Price: 

$11.44 USD from ebay* (4ml travel size).  Milk makeup isn’t available for direct purchase in Australia but it’s sold in Sephora in the US and their website.

Claims:

It claims to nourish the lashes with the addition of cannabis oil and create a strong curl and intense volume with it’s heart shaped fibres. 

Why I like it:

  • Doesn’t smudge
  • Doesn’t flake
  • Adds significant volume and curl
  • Lasts through moderate exercise and sweat
Milk Makeup Kush Mascara
Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

The brush is a bit large for my eye and the since the wand is shorter on this mini size, it requires a bit more care in application. Other than that, I really like it and would consider purchasing the full size if I had direct access to it. With the conversion and ebay, it would get pretty pricey. Something else to note is that the packaging is sleek but is also quite weighty. 

ISEHAN – Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara – Super Waterproof

ISEHAN - Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara
ISEHAN – Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

Price: 

$14.66 AUD from yesstyle.com*

Claims: 

from yesstyle.com

Waterproof mascara coats eyelashes thoroughly for a volumizing effect that truly mesmerizes. Curl lasts all day and without smudging. 

Why I like it:

  • Doesn’t smudge
  • Doesn’t flake
  • Adds significant volume and curl + some lengthening
  • Totally bulletproof – Lasts through intense exercise and sweat
  • Waterproof
ISEHAN - Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara
ISEHAN – Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

The cone shape of the brush makes it quick and easy to coat the lashes. It never clumps up, making it easy to apply a second coat. This is the most bulletproof mascara out of the four and is also the cheapest. I’ve tried the line’s Long & Curl Mascara (reviewed here), which I enjoyed for lengthening, but I think I like this one more because of the volume. Overall been very impressed with the brand’s mascaras. Even though it claims to be super waterproof, it still comes off with an oil cleanser with no dramas.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash
MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash

Price:

$35 from Mac Cosmetics (Myer)

Claims:

from maccosmetics.com.au

Sweat- and humidity-resistant
Ophthalmologist tested
Safe for contact lens wearers
Safe for sensitive eyes
Features a lightweight formula
Lifting
Defining
Flake-proof and smudge-proof
Long-wearing, 16 hours
Features a carbon black formula

Why I like it:

  • Doesn’t smudge
  • Doesn’t flake
  • Separates and defines lashes, the effect is more natural but still makes an impact
  • Totally bulletproof – Lasts through intense exercise and sweat
MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash
MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash

The slim brush is just right for my short lashes, it coats every lash evenly quickly and easily. I wear contact lenses on a daily basis and true to its claims, it never irritates my eyes. It truly is a reliable mascara if I wanted a more natural but still “put together” look. 

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

Price:

This was free in my Mecca Beauty Loop 3 box but the travel size can be purchased from Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica for $20 AUD or the full size for $42 AUD.

Claims:

from mecca.com.au

  • This unique and gentle formula delivers length, volume and sky-high lift for extreme lashes in an instant
  • The innovative 4DAmplifier™ brush features two sides: a dense bristled side to give volume, and a shorter bristled side to coat bottom lashes without smudging
  • The ultra black formula is smooth and buildable, delivering 400% more volume in 1 stroke

Why I like it:

  • Doesn’t smudge
  • Doesn’t flake
  • Adds volume, lifts and lengthens lashes. Nothing intense but the result is fluttery and defined lashes. 
  • Bulletproof – Lasts through intense exercise and sweat
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

This is another fuss free mascara (I’m sounding like a broken record I know!) which I can quickly apply and know that it will last and not give me any issues. There was lots of hype when this launched so I was skeptical but proven wrong. The effect I would say is similar to the Mac Extended Play but a little more lifting. Spending $42 is a bit much for something you would throw out in 3-4 months so if you are looking to try it, I recommend buying the travel size first.

Have you tried any of these mascaras? What are your go-to’s when it comes to reliable/bulletproof mascaras? I’m always looking to try more 🙂

The tale of two mascaras: Dejavu Fiberwig Ultra Long Mascara & Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara

This is the first product I have tried from either brand. Dejavu and Isehan Kiss Me are both Japanese brands. After hearing Gothamista rave about the Fiberwig mascara in a video last year, I knew I had to try it. I stumbled across the Heroine Make mascara while reading some blog posts. The brand has loads of different types of mascaras in their range, I bought a couple and this Long and Curl mascara was one of them.

I’m very particular about mascara and there certain things I look for whenever I try them out. For reference I have combo skin, oily t-zone with dry cheeks so I especially need for it to NOT smudge or migrate. I also have straight and short asian lashes which need a lot of help.

If you’re interested in my experience with both these products, please keep on reading.

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Dejavu Fiberwig Ultra Long Mascara

mascara-red

Price:

$20.95 AUD from cosmeticsnow.com.au

Claims: 

from cosmeticsnow.com.au

  • A newly improved intensely lengthening mascara.
  • Developed with Eyelash Film Technology that coats individual lashes in a smooth film.
  • Features a smudge-free clump-free formula that incredibly lengthens lashes.
  • Boasts an ultra-long brush that reaches at the roots of lashes for thorough application.
  • Extends lashes to a long natural & separated “false lash” finish.
  • Keeps any sebum & sweat away from lashes for a clean perfect result.
  • Can be easily removed by lukewarm water with no damage to lashes.

My criteria:

I got very excited when I read the claims. It promises a lot and who doesn’t want super long lashes without having to actually wear falsies (which I hate).

Below are qualities which I usually look for in mascara and how this mascara stacks up to them:

  • Smudge-proof – Yes
  • Lengthening – Yes
  • Volumising – No
  • Curling- No
  • Waterproof – Yes
  • Flaking – No

Would I recommend?

No, I wouldn’t recommend this mascara 😦 It was quite dry when I opened it which is uncommon for a brand new mascara. It had some wetness to it but not all that much. The brush was a bit large so it wasn’t the easiest to coat my little lashes. I didn’t see any significant lengthening, even after two coats. I always curl my lashes beforehand so while it did lift my lashes and did lengthen them a bit, it wasn’t enough for me. I know that it didn’t promise to provide any volume but that’s what I look for as well. I bought it in black and for some reason, it didn’t seem very pigmented.

Overall it was an ordinary mascara, nothing special about it. If you are looking for something that will give you subtle lengthening which is smudge-proof and waterproof, maybe you will like this.

Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara

heroine

Price:

$14.40 from ebay.com *

Claims:

from yesstyle.com

Waterproof mascara coats eyelashes thoroughly for a volumizing effect that truly mesmerizes.
Curl lasts all day and does not smudge. Use lash curler before applying, and apply an extra coat for maximum effect.

My criteria:

The claims boast significant volumizing, curling as well as lasting all day. No mention of lengthening although it’s called “Long and Curl”. Below is how it fared against my requirements:

  • Smudge-proof – Yes
  • Lengthening – Yes
  • Volumising – Yes
  • Waterproof – Yes
  • Flaking – No

Would I recommend?

Yes I highly recommend this mascara 😀

The result is quite amazing. It does it all, provides volume, curl and really lengthens my lashes. Best of all, it last all day without smudging or flaking. I get a wide eyed look after just one application. It’s also easy to remove with an oil cleanser even though it claims to be super waterproof. It’s also affordable which is a great bonus. I bought it in black and the colour really translated onto my lashes which I really liked. I look forward to trying out the other one I bought, which was the Curl and Volume version.

If you’re looking for all these qualities in a mascara, I would recommend trying this out. Definitely one which I will be repurchasing in the future.

If you have any mascara recommendations, please let me know in the comments.

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