Friday, May 15, 2015

Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Rose Peche 80 REVIEW and swatches

A friend of mine who also happens to be a makeup fanatic asked me about a month ago whether I wanted anything from Japan. She was going there for vacation and was kind enough to offer to pick up something for me. At the time I was in my 'no buy' period and definitely made an exception for this. I had been eyeing the Chanel Blush Duo in Tweed Rose Peche (#80) and had already given up on it because I saw it was a Japan exclusive. Well the opportunity came and I asked her to look for me. Originally, she told me it was not yet on sale during the time she was there. I was bummed, but told myself I didn't need it. Then on the last day she found it at the duty free store! (OMGOSH thank you so much!)
I guess it was meant to be :)

Chanel Blush Duo in Tweed Rose Peche 80, $46

Chanel has released Tweed blushes in the past and they came in different shades. Peche #80 has not been released before and is limited edition and exclusive to Japan.
Tweed Rose Peche #80 is a coral pink. There is a layer of shimmer over spray and also a tweed like pattern on top. The blush underneath the top layer is just regular blush, no pattern or shimmer. It sort of makes me not want to use it in order to preserve the pattern!

Swatches of Tweed Rose Peche 80

This blush is so pretty! I love the shade. It has a brightening look without being able to be too over done. Above, the right swatch on my hand is done with 5-6 passes of blush, and still it can't be layered too heavily. It seems like the blush is just light enough to prevent people from looking like a clown. The container is the usual black mirrored plastic and comes with a brush inside. Unlike the other USA blushes, I found this one to be more powdery and 'loose'.

Application/Texture: Very smooth and easy to apply. Easy to blend. However, the powder is more loose and even soft touches to the product whips up a lot of powder that goes flying if not careful.
Scent: None detected. Most of the Chanel blushes I have all have a rose scent. This one doesn't. 
Staying power: Stayed about 8 hours.
Finish: The finish is matte with a brightening look. Besides the top layer of shimmer, there isn't any in the blush.
Overall: I really love the look of the tweed blush - it is so gorgeous. I also really like the brightening coral pink. It gives me a brightened blushed look as if I had been in the sun and got slight tan. For those of you who do not like the rose scent of Chanel blushes, you should look into this one! Unfortunately, it is limited edition and exclusive to Japan. If you are looking into getting one, check ebay. I was able to find one circulating. This is one of my favorite Chanel blushes, but due to the pattern being so pretty I really don't want to disturb it!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Ardency Inn Punker Mascara REVIEW and swatches

I  have heard good things about the Ardency Inn Punker Mascara due to it's waxy lash curling mechanism. The wax allows easy hold on your lashes so they do not feel crunchy. The wax also allows more coats of mascara to be applied on top to give a false lash look without too much clumping. I was sold. False lashes aren't my thing...I have a hard time with them. So this alternative would prove to be amazing if I could get it to work for me.
I got this during the Sephora love sale where I got 15% off my purchases. 

Ardency Inn Punker Mascara, $24, Sephora

The rich black mascara did coat my lashes and made them visible when compared to my bare lashes. However, the size of the brush was much too large for my short lashes. I kept feeling like I was going to poke my eyes out. 

I was able to get the first coat on pretty well and looking very natural. The second coat proved to be more difficult as the brush made it hard to see where I was going and I wanted to make sure to coat everything evenly. This is where I felt clumping started. It did give me a more false-lash look, but I'm afraid not to my liking. The clumps were not even...there would be one at the tip of one lash and not the others. It looked a bit messy, quite frankly.

Texture/application: I thought the texture of the mascara was very soft and easy on the lashes. I was able to rub my eyes without feeling it scratch me or smearing the mascara. The application was difficult due to the size of the brush. I had a hard time knowing where to start and stop.
Scent: none detected.
Lasting power: It lasted about 12 hours without smudging and flaking. Pretty powerful stuff for not being waterproof.
Removal: It was extremely easy. I used my bioderma and it came right off!
Overall: Though not the easiest to apply, it did feel very nice on the lashes. It lasted all day and was extremely easy to remove given that it held on for 12 hours. The brush didn't work for me when I tried to put two coats. The clumps were in the wrong area and made my lashes look messy. However, if you have longer lashes, this application step might be easier for you.

Have you tried this mascara?