Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

I was with my sister at the Chicago airport the other day and we played around with the makeup at the duty free store for a while. Here are some reviews:

Lumieres Magiques de Chanel in Rose Harmony ($50)
This limited edition trio from the spring collection was one of the first to caught my eye. It consists of 3 different shades – a hot pink with gold shimmer, a coral red with gold shimmer and a pale pink with silver shimmer. All colors are heavily pigmented and can be used together or separately. I would not recommend this to those who are very pale since the colors might show up a little too bright. On me (NC30), however, this applies beautifully and gives a healthy blushed look.

Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15 ($50)
Although this claims to be an oil-free formula that produces a semi-matte finish, I do not find this foundation to be suitable for oily skin at all. I have dry skin myself and when I tested this on the back my hand, it felt smooth and blendable. The finish was satiny and natural which was just like Chanel’s Teint Fluide Universel. As for coverage, I would say it is medium – I have thin skin and it covered up most of my veins on the back of my hand. It also comes with SPF 15 which is definitely a plus. Overall, I would say it is a good foundation for dry to normal skin.

Pro Lumiere Facettes in Gold Rush ($55)
This quad from the summer collection comes in four highly shimmery shades. There is an iridescent pink, gold, copper and iridescent apricot. They are all gorgeous and a little glittery just like MAC’s Lustre forumla. They are also pretty sheer and subtle yet in a nice kind of way. I can see this working on different skin tones.



The Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($16.50) are all very pretty, heavily pigmented and give a shimmery, metallic finish. They are bigger than MAC’s regular pot eyeshadows and similar to the Mineralize Eyeshadows that were released before. The only downside is their fragile nature. Like the regular MAC Mineralize Skinfinshes, these are baked in Italy and they can break easily. I say get all of them if you do not have similar colors.



Illusionary/Burning Ambition: White gold with gold pearlized pigments/Chocolate brown with soft gold pearlized pigments
Bright Side/Gallery Gal: Champagne gold/soft olive green
Persona/Screen Vinyl: White with silver pearlized pigments/Charcoal grey with silver pearlized pigments
Heat/Element: Rich yellow gold/Rusty Red Brown
Interview/Purple-x: Rose Pink/Deep purple with pink pearlized pigments

I already own Shimpagne so I picked up Shooting Star and Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinishes ($23.50). Shooting Star, the darkest out of the three, is a soft caramel tan with gold sparkle which is a great color for contouring. Shimpagne is a shimmery beige color. It is great as a highlighter and it makes my NC30 skin glow. I also use it for contour. Porcelain Pink is a shimmery pale pink and it adds a irridescent pink glow and would look great on the apples.



There are four Fluidlines ($14.50). Lithograph is a charcoal color. It is very pretty and the perfect color for doing a smoky eye. New Weed is a deep khaki with gold pearlized pigments which is a lot darker than MAC’s Sweet Sage fluidline. Graphic Brown is a deep chocolate brown with shimmer and almost a liquid version of MAC Teddy eye kohl. It is very pretty and would look great on light eyes. Frostlite, the only one that is not limited edition, is a warm white with gold pearl. I thought it would be great to use in the waterline but it is too sheer and does not stay on.

MAC’s new Patternmaker Collection was finally released last Thursday with Nordstrom’s anniversary sale!

Consisting of Circularity, Pattern Pink, Smoke Ring and Darkspot, together with Star Violet and Shimmermoss, the 6 Cool Eyes Palette ($35) looks *really* pretty even in person. All the colors are new except for Star Violet and Shimmermoss which are both exisiting veluxe pearl colors. Circelearite, is a light beige with silver sparkles in a lustre formula; Patter pink is a frosty rich baby pink; Smoked Ring is a veluxe deep purple with silver specks and Dark Spot is another veluxe pearl gunmetal grey with silver pearlized pigments. I was very tempted to get it but when I swiped the shades onto my hand, I was very disppointed. The only shades that show up pigmented were Star Violet, Shimmermoss and Darkspot. Smoke Ring, despite looking gorgeous on the pan, barely showed up and Circularity and Pattern Pink are pretty but not unique enough.



The 6 Warm Eyes Palette ($35) contains Shroom, Swimming, Shadowy Lady, Equibeige, Unsquare and Rich Symbol. The first three shades are all repromotes. Aqua Beige is a frosty soft khaki beige with silver speckles; Rich Symbol is a frosty penny Brown with gold pearlized pigments and Unsquare is a veluxe rich brown with red undertones. Like the cool palette, the colors are very pretty and coordinate very well with one another. All of them are shimmery except Unsquare and Shadowy Lady. As for the pigmentation, they all showed up well except the Unsquare and Shadowy Lady. I already own 3 of the colors in this palette so I ended up passing on it.



The Powder Blush ($17) looked kind of boring in the pan despite the pretty packaging. Over Print is a blushed up coral and Flush Naked is a mid-tone coral peach. They are both matte and out of the two, Flush Naked is definitely the prettier one. I can totally see Flush Naked working on light to medium skintones but Over Print looks a little too dark and bright.



The Iridescent Powders ($20) are so much prettier than the blushes! There are two of them – Free Form and Belightful. Free Form is a golden peach and Belightful is a gilded peach bronze. They are both very shimmery and highly pigmented. I highly suggest them as highlighters!