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.