Sunday, 26 July 2015

Chantecaille Summer 2015: Moroccan Rose and Mandarin Lip Chic

In addition to the rather lovely eyeshadow duo (reviewed here) Chantecaille released two new Lip Chics for their Summer collection.

Moroccan Rose is a pink and Mandarin is an orange (£30 each). Both shades have a brightness about them and a gloss/shine finish. Pigment is good, though I tend to wear these sheered out. Mandarin is the type of colour I normally avoid, however used lightly its surprisingly wearable, if your normally scared of orange this is a good one to try.
Swatched below (one swipe)

Swatched below (two swipes) I've swatched this the other way round to the photo above, don't ask me why....

I initially thought Moroccan Rose might be similar to Bourbon Rose however Bourbon Rose is more of a rosy pink.
Shown below Moroccan Rose on the left, Bourbon Rose on the right.

Though I tend towards more lightweight lipsticks I do really like the more balm like Lip Chic formula. It glides on, applying colour evenly without sinking into lip lines. The balm like qualities make these great for dryness and they feel super moisturising. The only aspects that I am not overly infused about is the short wear time and very slight sticky texture, thinking about it they are similar to the MAC huggables formula, though the Chantecaille definitely make my lips feel more moisturised during and after wear.

I really like both colours, they are perfect for that pop of juicy colour that enlivens your complexion, great for days you feel a bit drab.


I bought these from Space.NK

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Rouge Bunny Rouge Imperceptible Powder Evanescence plus a discount code for you

Rouge Bunny Rouge have brought out a new pressed powder called Imperceptible Powder Evanescence, its meant to be suitable for all skin types (including dry) and provide a "bare skin" finish. The formula is enriched with rose hip oil and contains an anti-wrinkle complex called D’Orientine S.

Though I need to wear powder daily as I get a lot of shine breakthrough, me and powder do not get along, however as RBR is a brand I have a very good success rate with I was keen to give this a try.

RBR very kindly sent me the powder, I selected the lightest shade Aura (there are four shades available). Aura suits my pale complexion well, there is a slight yellow tone to this that helps counteract some of my redness.

The powder has a smooth, silky texture and feels light weight. It does not blot out all shine, like something more heavy duty like MAC blot, but it prevents any more shine coming through. The powder really does lock everything in place, I notice very little change after a days wear (I tend to wear makeup from 6:00AM till 18:30PM).
Swathed below L-R: Trish McEvoy Translucent Finishing Powder, RBR Aura, Chanel Les Beiges No.10

The powder blends very nicely on the skin, not accentuating dryness nor fine lines and provides medium coverage with a natural you skin but better finish.
Shown below with bare skin and then just one light dusting of the powder,

Ingredients below (the powder is free from parabens, silicones and oils). This powder is heavily scented, kind of a sweet almond smell, fragrance tends to make my skin itchy straight away but I've had no problem with this but I would have preferred fragrance to have been excluded.

For me this is a solid performer as I have not encountered any of the problems I normally get with powders (such as feeling drying, clinging onto dry patches, not preventing shine, breaking me out and not lasting).
I really like that this does not feel mask like and provides a medium coverage that minimises excess shine without obliterating everything, so that your skin still looks like skin but just on a good day.

RBR have kindly provided a 20% discount for anything in the RBR range to all my readers. The code can be used via and is applicable for all the countries they ship to and there is no minimum spend. The code to enter in the discount box is RBR-VISIONARYBEAUTY20

Disclosure: The powder was sent to me for free

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson collection: Colour of Youth & Matte Revolution Miss Kensington

There has been a lot of buzz about the new limited edition Charlotte Tilbury & Norman Parkinson collection and a lot of promotional blog posts so I was interested to see if the products were as impressive as I was being told they were.

The collaboration features some of the iconic images from the legendary British fashion photographer's archive. The packaging/imagery for the collection fits in well with the somewhat vintage looking CT range.
The collection is quite small, consisting of five makeup products and two makeup bags.

The Colour of Youth (£40) is a lip/cheek cream product that's meant to impart a "delicate, rosy hue you see in young, innocent and fresh cheeks" . I think its somewhat over reaching to think I can "paint the youth back" into my skin, as the product suggests, but this does provide a healthy looking warm rose flush to the skin.

I was impressed with the performance of this both on the cheeks and lips. It has a smooth, lightweight texture that blends beautifully. It does not go on patchy or wipe your underling make off when used on cheeks (as I find a lot of cream blushers do). It feels hydrating but not greasy nor tacky and wears for around 5 hours before I notice fading.

Swatched below and then blended in,


Moving on to the Matte Revolution lipstick in shade Miss Kensington (£23), I've been interested in trying this formula as have read many good things.

The colour is the perfect combination of beige and dusty light pink. Unfortunately the formula is not for me, whilst it has great pigment, glides on and is long lasting I find it uncomfortably drying and makes the lips look very lined (even used over lip balm).

Swatched below once then three times.

Swatched below with some similar colours L-R: Burberry Lip Cover Tulip Pink #27, CT Miss Kensington, Burberry Kisses Nude Pink #05


Whilst I am trying to cut down on my makeup spending this year (Yes, really........) the Colour of Youth was worth the splurge and I am now eyeing up the Dreamy Glow Highlighter (though I'm unsure as to whether the peachy gold colour will be out of place on my pale skin).  As for the lipstick, if you are a fan of this matte formula then this is a lovely everyday pink nude but for me its just too uncomfortable to wear.

I bought these from

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Dior Summer 2015 Tie Dye Collection: Dior Addict Tie Dye Lipsticks Cosmic Pink & Nude Fever

For those of a sensitive nature please be forewarned that I have committed beauty blogger sin and this post contains photos of used products.....

I held off buying anything from the Tie Dye Summer collection as I've had quite a few regret purchases from Dior so although initial reviews were good, I decided to wait before buying until more reviews came in and I had tested the products at the counter. Suffice to say that I ended up buying a lot less that I had initially wanted.

The Dior Addict lipsticks from this collection feature a new two-tone effect, the Dior "CD" logo is a contrasting colour throughout the bullet and the two shades are meant to create a subtle tie dye effect. Here in the UK we received six shades but some countries only got four (Cosmic Pink and Hypnotic Plum being the two shades not released in every country).

The formula has a creamy feel, there is quite a bit of slip and it feels lightweight and very moisturising. The colours apply smoothly and the two colours within each lipstick mix together evenly, though I don't get what this tie dye effect shenanigans is about as I'm not seeing it.
#004 Cosmic Pink is a pink shade with a touch of mauve and #006 Nude Fever is a beige nude, this is my favourite of the two as unlike a lot of nudes its not warmed toned and does not wash me out (probably as a bit of my natural lip colour seems to mix with this so its not a flat beige).

Coverage wise I'd say these are sheer to medium and lasting time isn't the best, 2/3 hours tops for Cosmic Pink (though this does leave a bit of a stain) and a fleeting 1 hour for Nude Fever.


Whilst the colours aren't earth shattering, they are pretty and its a nice formula. Had Nude Fever lasted as long as Cosmic Pink I would have bought a back up as a good nude is not easy to find. As an aside I find these feel a bit more creamy than the normal Addicts and as the Addict lipstick line is being reformulated later this year it made me wonder if the Addicts in this collection are similar to the new formula coming out.

I bought these from

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick

When I first heard of the new Les Beiges collection I immediately thought I'd end up buying the light shade of the Healthy Glow Multi-Colour powder,  however once I swatched it in store I found it looked too pink to be used all over but not pigmented enough to be used as a blush, so instead I left with one of the Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Sticks.

The stick is a nice portable size, good for chucking in your handbag and travelling. It comes in three shades, I bought #22 (£32) which is a coral with a hint of golden shimmer, though it does not look shimmery on the skin.
Swatched below then blended out,

The shade swatches very pigmented but sheers out easily so that you can still see your skin through it.  It has a Somewhat dry texture yet It blends easily on the skin and feels quite light on. What I like is that it does not have a greasy nor tacky feel.
The sheer colour sticks are meant to be replacing the Blush Creme de Chanel, I like both formulas, though find the stick blends easier on the skin.


Though I am not keen on the heavy fragrance, I do like this as its easy to apply, lasts a long time and this particular shade creates a pretty coral healthy flush.

I bought this from Boots.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Bobbi Brown Sandy Nudes Collection: Face & Body Bronzing Duo - Bermuda & Antigua

The recent Sandy Nude Collection featured four Face & Body Bronzing Duos. Two of them verge more towards highlighter/blushes rather than bronzers, Ibiza & Tahiti and the one I bought, Bermuda & Antigua (£34).

Now this is a large product, in the mirrored compact you get 0.74 oz/21g of product and the size is similar to my Tom Ford bronzer as shown below (full sized, not the smaller version released).

Bermuda is a baby pink and Antigua is a bronzey pink. There is some sparkle in Bermuda, I initially thought it might just be the top layer but after multiply uses its still there. Though I would prefer no sparkle, its only noticeable if I look at my face close up.

The shades feel quite smooth, albeit on the dry side. Both shades have good pigment and layer well with one another. The application is not as faultless as my Suqqu or By Terry blushers so I do have to work the product in well otherwise it can look patchy.  As for wear time I get fading after around 5 hours so I don't consider this to last above average.
Swatched below with the colours combined on the right,

Although I bought this as soon as it was released I've been waiting to review it as when I looked at the ingredients I was irked that it contains many things that I would normally avoid for my sensitive, acne prone skin (the pit fall of buying online with brands that don't list their ingredients). Though this has not caused me breakouts it does make my skin feel a bit itchy, so worth bearing in mind for those with sensitive skin.


Overall whilst I'm not enamoured with this, I am enjoying the finished look, I like that you can custom blend the colour to your preference and I find the shades provide an illuminating somewhat sun kissed healthy pink.

I bought this from .

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Lancome Belle de Teint Healthy Glow Powder & Shine Lover lipstick

Lancôme has brought out a natural healthy glow look powder. The powder is meant to create a blurring effect, giving the skin a softer look and recreating the glow of healthy looking skin, providing "a radiance boosting effect for a tanned and matte make-up result". The concept is very similar to Chanel Les Beiges.
In terms of shade selection 01-03 are aimed at fairer skins and 04-08 for medium to darker skin. Along the lines of Les Beiges I assume that if you want a more tanned effect then you go a shade or two up from that which matches your skin.

I bought the lightest shade 01 Belle de Rose (£35) which is a matte peachy cream, I've read a few posts saying this shade can be used as a bronzer but as it's incapable of giving the skin a tanned look I think this particular shade should be viewed more along the lines of a setting powder.
The powder has a smooth lightweight texture but is not as smooth as Les Beiges, nor is it as forgiving on dry skin. I find this a bit powdery and heavy in feel, however it's definitely longer lasting than Les Beiges and works better at preventing shine breakthrough. On my pale skin Belle de Rose gives a subtle brightening effect.
Swatched below on the left with Chanel Les Beiges No.10 on the right.


Moving onto the new Shine Lover lipsticks, I bought shade #334 Insta-Rose (£21). The cool toned pink packs more pigment than I was expecting and has a lovely vibrancy.

It has a smooth, slightly balm like texture but without any heaviness. Its not got too much slip and though it feels quite hydrating I find it makes the area feel slightly tight during wear.
I really like the finish of this, its very glossy and luminous, albeit not long lasting, though this particular shade does leave behind a stain.
Swatched below once then three times,


To sum up I think the powder performs well as a setting powder to make makeup last and keep shine at bay, and though there is a slight brightening effect its very subtle. As for the lipstick, though I do like the texture and finish, the tightness during wear prevents me from buying any more of these.

I bought these from
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