Monday, July 21, 2014

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in #305 from the Celestial Beauty Collection for Fall 2014

Next up in my three-hit run at the Clé de Peau counter is Eye Color Quad #305 ($55 for refill). I was immediately drawn to it, primarily because of the three brown shades. I call it my second favorite of the three, but it may overtake my current favorite, #302. Those greens and browns may have a go at it for my affection.

There's not a lot I can tell you about these new quads that I haven't already mentioned. So I'll go straight to the swatch photos. I took my photos in full, late-morning sunshine. I swatched from left to right as I moved down my arm. I swatched using a sponge-tipped applicator, applying each shade relatively heavily so that you could see the shade well.

You see why I love these shades? The shimmering tan shade at the top is cool (in tone) and totally gorgeous. It works beautifully with each shade in the palette. The dark copper/bronze, like so many other palettes featuring copper, is unique in its shade. That's nice in the sea of copper and bronze that has surrounded us recently.

The shimmering taupe is exquisite. Simply exquisite. Taupe lovers unite! This shade alone makes the palette worth the entire $55. The dark deep brown charcoal accent shade can be worn as a liner. I see in "real life" a touch of plum in it. You can't see it in my photos, but that plum snuck in is consistent with the many lavenders in this collection. It is very sparkly too.

I will show you the remaining quad I purchased tomorrow. For now, after a day that started at 4:30, a full day of work, a trade of my car for a loaner at the dealer (my key needs an exorsism - really!), and a physical therapy session, I'm pooped.

You can find the new Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads at very few sites so far. I purchased in store at Neiman Marcus. They can be found online at Saks if you use the link above. Otherwise, keep checking your favorite source for Clé de Peau Beauté. The collection should arrive within two weeks. Nordstrom told me they expected it in store late this week.

Photos by Best Things in Beauty

Coming Soon: Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil

I had a chance this weekend to try a sample of Sisley's new Black Rose Precious Face Oil. My first impression was one of love. It is luxurious in every aspect if its being: fragrance, feel, absorption, and hydration.

Here is what Sisley has to say about it...

Nourishing and anti-aging dry oil with a delightful floral fragrance. Visibly smoothes wrinkles and fine lines. Revitalizes the skin and brightens the complexion. Can be used alone or as a base for daily care to prepare the skin for optimal benefits. Suitable for normal to dry or very dry skin, as well as sensitive skin.

This is clearly a follow-on to the wildly successful Black Rose Cream Mask, which I adore. Now, breaking ground, this is the first time Sisley is using an oil based product as a facial skin-care product. I can predict it's going to be a mega-launch when it arrives on U.S. shores.

I do not yet know the price. Stay tuned. I want a case of it, so I hope it's affordable.

Photo courtesy of luxuryactivist.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in #302 from the Celestial Beauty Collection for Fall 2014

I purchased three new quads from Clé de Peau Beauté's fall's Celestial Beauty Collection. They had arrived at Neiman Marcus. There are eight available. I might have purchased more, but a majority of the quads offered at least one lavender shade, and lavenders are not my best colors.

Take a look above at #302 above, and you will see that the only difference between the old design and the new one is that Clé de Peau has finally seen the light and made all four shades equal in size. Besides the silly case price, the only thing that bothered me about Clé de Peau eye shadow quads was that they were less then generous with the tiny sliver size to the extreme right in the old quads. I have not yet detected any major difference in formula, although I've only had these new eye shadows for a few days.

I always purchase Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads ($55) in refills. The plastic containers are perfectly functional, with a lid, and I don't want to pay an additional $25 for a case. It seems so unnecessary.

I'm glad I was able to get photos this morning because it has been totally clouded over since about noon. I took my photos in full, late-morning sunshine. I decided to start this series with my favorite of the three I purchased, #302.

I swatched relatively heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator, starting at the left of the palette and moving toward the right as I worked my way down my arm. All four shades shimmer. The light, ivory pink at the left in the palette is very pretty. It's more flesh-toned than pink on the skin.  The olive green is unique and glorious. I love it! I think it's the centerpiece of this quad.

The darker pink is an interesting hybrid between heather pink and beige. It will work well for most skin tones, and it definitely does not lead to an albino bunny look. The metallic shade, far right in the palette, will reflect an undertone of green when worn with green; however, it's actually a charcoal grey.

I haven't had a lot of time to wear these eye shadows, so I'll report in a subsequent feature on wear time. It seems average to me at the moment.

I'm not sure where you can purchase this collection. Even Neiman Marcus did not have the entire collection - just the eye shadows and mascaras. Keep checking your favorite source for Clé de Peau Beauté. It should arrive within two weeks. Nordstrom told me they expected it late this week.

Photos by Best Things in Beauty

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Friday Forum - July 18 - Clé de Peau Beauté for Fall 2014 (Edited)

I seldom get this frustrated over makeup, but I am frustrated today that I cannot find the whole Fall 2014 Clé de Peau Beauté collection in any one store. I made quite a few phone calls yesterday and succeeded in finding the eye shadows at Neiman Marcus, Tysons Galleria. I hope to get over there late this afternoon.

There are apparently 12 new eye shadow quads (edited - there are eight). Some of them look suspiciously like quad I already have (edited - because they were!), but I'm very anxious to see and play with them. Perhaps they improved the formula, like Chanel did? I'm leaving these Clé de Peau photos up because they are beautiful - as pretty as anything else I could use to jazz up this Friday Forum.

The photos here are the last (spring) collection, which Clé de Peau unfortunately still has labeled "new" on its Web site. I think when a truly new collection hits the counters, the Web site should be updated.

I may pass on the lips this season (edited - later I saw that the new lipsticks are not these thin-line ones). I find the refills hard to use without the tube, and the tube costs extra.

Anyhow, I'm very excited about the fall collection, as well as what's coming from other companies for fall and holiday. I got a sneak peak at Chanel's holiday collection, and I can only tell you to save your money. You are going to want one of everything - and I've got some Chanel friends who would love to help you part with your money (wink).

This makeup has helped take my mind off the tragedy of the Malaysian Airlines plane crash, which horrifies me.  What kind of sick mind set could lead people to shoot down a civilian airliner? How on earth did humans become so heartless? If the pro-Russian rebels did it, what did they hope to gain?

On to a happier subject, it's time for our weekend sharing, the Friday Forum. I love this part of our week. What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers will have moved on.

Update: I went to Neiman Marcus. Score! I saw all eight of the new Clé de Peau Beauté quads and selected three, #301, #302, and #305. I found it interesting that a majority of the quads had at least one lavender shade in them - clearly a trend. That disappointed me, given my personal preferences. The photo above shows my selections. There are three new lipsticks, but only the testers have arrived. I have my eyes on one of them. As soon as I can, I will swatch these new fall quads for you.

No need to comment further on the spring photos. I'm leaving them up for eye candy.

Photos courtesy of Clé de Peau Beauté

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Update on Chanel's Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadows


  



I got some great information I think you would like to hear. It came straight from a Chanel friend...

The applicators that come in the quad are velour. They give a completely different look than a sponge applicator or a brush. The quads are not frosted, but have a luminous sheen which will soften aging and camouflage lines and wrinkles on the lids. Good news for everyone over 50!

Have Chanel's Brush #14? Give it a try for application.

Photos courtesy of Chanel

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in TISSÉ CAMÉLIA

When I looked at Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in TISSÉ CAMÉLIA (#202, $61), I wondered what I had been thinking when I ordered it. Pink? Lavender? Honestly, I think I got confused. Nevertheless, it's pretty and can be worn under some conditions, i.e., when I don't look tired.

I try to avoid bright pinks and lavenders. They make me look tired or bruised, while they make women with other skin tones or eye colors look fabulous. There's something for everyone, right? Fortunately, this one is not outré. The colors are muted.

I took my photos - quad and swatches in mid-morning. I swatched using a sponge-tipped applicator and started with the lavender in the upper-left corner, moving clockwise around the quad as I worked down my arm.

I'm glad the lavender, shown at the top of my arm, isn't very red. It's actually mauve to my eyes, and I think I can wear it - carefully and layered or blended with a color that mitigates any red it carries. The lovely near-white base shade is as perfect as any of the base/highlighter shade in the new quads.

The darkest shade surprised me. I was not expecting it to look charcoal on my skin, but it does. I expected a color that was more like the color that I saw in the compact. The pink? It's bright pink on me. I try to select pinks that are more subtle.

I know this quad will have many devotees. I don't want you to shun it - it's really pretty - because of my personal preferences. The not-so-wonderful-for-me shades are going to delight many women. Because I think ordering it was a mistake on my part, it is my least favorite of the four I ordered.

Now, I am tempted to order one or two more from the collection. I might. I'm trying to stay strong, telling myself I have enough - enough makeup. Do I really need a few more quads? I guess you will find out soon enough.

The new quads are winging their way to all Chanel counters and online retailers now. I know from comments that many of you have already selected and purchased your favorites. For those who haven't sprung for one of the new quads, make sure to look for the collection soon. I hear it is being unveiled Saturday at one local Neiman Marcus. I published helpful sources in the Introduction.

Now, because of a storm, I must shut off my computer. I will monitor for comments on my iPad.  Good night!

Photo at top courtesy of Chanel; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in TISSÉ MADEMOISELLE

Of the two new Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadows ($61) I purchased, but haven't featured already, this is the one I like the most: TISSÉ MADEMOISELLE (#214). I'll tell you why tomorrow when I post the fourth and final one.

TISSÉ MADEMOISELLE offers the neutral eye shadow lover a perfect palette. The browns and beiges are perfect for those of us who want to accent our eyes without a lot of color - especially for work.

I took my photos - quad and swatches in mid-morning. I swatched using a sponge-tipped applicator and started with the taupe in the upper-left corner, moving clockwise around the quad as I worked down my arm.

I think this is a beautiful quad. All the shades complement one another.  The taupe at the top of my arm is a warm taupe, but not so warm that it looks muddy. The ivory under it is a perfect base shade.

The true brown surprised me, only because it appears to be darker on my skin than it looks in the compact. This is a cool, shimmering brown, the opposite of the taupe at the top of my arm. It's very pretty, just not what I expected. The gorgeous, shimmering gold at the bottom of my arm is a shade you will want to wear with other quads from this collection - or other shadows in your wardrobe. It enhances the eyes, and you can wear it anywhere on the lids - from under the brows to under the lower lashes. It's sheer and versatile.

I summarized the qualities of the new Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadows here, in an earlier feature. I don't see any reason to repeat them. If you are new to this Chanel series, just pop over to the hyperlink above on "here."

I have one more to show you - tomorrow. I blind-ordered all four of my new treasures, purchasing from Chanel's Web site. The new quads are winging their way to all Chanel counters and online retailers now. I know from comments that many of you have already selected and purchased your favorites. For those who haven't sprung for one of the new quads, make sure to look for the collection soon. I published helpful sources in the Introduction.

Photo at top courtesy of Chanel; other photos by Best Things in Beauty