Cle de Peau Eye Color Quad and Refill

I don't know what took me so long, but I finally made my first Cle de Peau purchase! Of course, since eyeshadows are my obsession, I picked up a Cle de Peau Eye Color Quad Case ($25) and Eye Color Quad Refill in 202 ($55). I like that you can buy the case separately from the refill for anyone who just wants to try out the eyeshadows for $55 and stick it in a Z Palette or Unii Palette. For my first purchase, however, I figured I'd go ahead and purchase the Eye Color Quad Case with the Eye Color Quad Refill  for a staggering $80 ($25+$55) price tag. Still, I've swatched these in person before and most reviews are pretty stellar. So, I splurged on this first (and probably not last) time buy, and I'm thrilled with the product :).

First, the packaging!


As with most high end/designer brand cosmetics, the Cle de Peau Eye Color Quad Case comes with a little velvet/suedette pouch with the logo in the bottom corner.

The square shape is pretty much the same size as the Burberry Complete Eye Palettes, but just slightly smaller than a Dior or Guerlain quad because of its square shape.

The inside of the Cle de Peau Eye Color Quad Case comes with a typical mirror, clear plastic protector (with the Cle de Peau logo), and two applicators (three sponge tips and a brush tip) - pretty standard, but admittedly, the brush tip applicator is quite soft (i.e., usable)!


The Cle de Peau Eye Color Quad Refill comes with 5 grams of product.

And here it is put together! Inserting the Cle de Peau Eye Color Quad Refill was very easy - it just snaps in place (no magnets). The set up is very similar to Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trios, which makes sense since Shiseido owns Cle de Peau.

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You can see the beautiful Cle de Peau logo overspray.

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The beautiful overspray disappears immediately after touching it.

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And finally, the swatches!!

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Overall, I'm very impressed by the eyeshadow quality of the Cle de Peau Eye Color Quad Refill in 202. I have heard formula differences amongst the different Eye Color Quad Refills, but far as I can tell, 202 has fantastic color payoff, VERY soft and buttery to apply, and beautiful color combinations. I'd highly recommend it to my fellow eyeshadow enthusiasts. I will likely purchase more (sans the $25 Eye Color Quad Case). Have any of you guys tried these Cle de Peau Eye Color Quad Refills? I'd love to hear your thoughts :).




February 2013 Favorites! :) :)



Products mentioned:
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light
- Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
- Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium
- YSL Creme de Blush in 2 Powdery Rose
- Guerlain 4 Ecrin Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 08 Les Perles
- Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Orchid
- Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara
- Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 48 Evasion
- Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimers
- Beauty Blender
- La Mer 'The Moisturizing Soft Cream'
- Jo Malone Cologne in Lime Basil & Mandarin
- Jo Malone Cologne in Red Roses


What I'm Wearing:
Eyes
- Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in 07 Taupe Brown
- Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in 09 Rosewood
- Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in 10 Antique Rose
- Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
- Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in GY901 Natural Black

Face
- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
- Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation in 4.5
- Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation in 5.5
- Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in 04 Bisque
- NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal
- Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
- Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium
- YSL Creme de Blush in 2 Powdery Rose

Lips
- Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in 05 Bare

Nails
- Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 571 Fracas
- Butter London 'Matte Finish' Shine Free Topcoat

**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimers

I'll be the first to admit that I don't really like wearing lip glosses, but I'm finding more and more that my feelings are mostly formula dependent. I can't deny that I like the shiny, glossy look, but a part of me thinks - 1) high maintenance (i.e., lip glosses don't last as long as lipsticks and require more frequent touch ups), and 2) does my poor husband really want sticky gloss on his lips when he kisses me? To the latter point, I guess you can also make a similar argument for lipsticks, but the sticky lip gloss formula bothers me more than most lipstick formulas.

Well, I've finally found my HG (holygrail) lip gloss - Chanel's Levres Scintillantes Glossimers. They have that beautiful glossy look, but none of that annoyingly sticky formula (at least on my lips). I find the Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimers really comfortable on the lips. I barely notice I have lip gloss on - LOVE!  I also actually really like the glitter in some of these glossimers. I enjoy the way they look when caught in the sunlight. I find they wear a typical amount of time, comparable to other lip glosses - maybe even a little longer because I don't find myself fidgeting my lips so much in response to stickier formulas. I don't find them drying on the lips at all.

Anyway, I figured I'd share photos and swatches of the four Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimers I own (so far). I would highly recommend these glossimers to anyone wanting a less sticky lip gloss formula, and I'd love to hear what you guys think of these or recommendations on other non-sticky lip glosses.




You can really see the difference in glitter between the two glossimers. 



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Again, you can really see the glitter particles in the bottom three glossimers compared to Volupte on top. 
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A look at the doe-foot applicator.



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**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and Brush

I've hauled quite a few Hourglass products lately, but today I want to post about the three Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (in Diffused, Mood, and Luminous Light) and the Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush  I have.

Hourglass products:





Each powder contains 10 grams of product.

Now, I know there have been some complaints that the powders are too shimmery for all over the face. I agree to some extent, but I don't find even the more "luminous" powder overbearing in shimmer. Both Mood Light and Luminous Light provide a beautiful glow to the skin, and I find that I can use the Luminous Light powder as a highlighter on the tops of the cheek bones. Diffused Light (and I believe Ethereal Light, which I do not own) provide a more subtle, satin finish. So, I would definitely recommend understanding the different finishes to the six powders before purchasing. I'm quite pleased with the three Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders I purchased.

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Out of the three powders, I'm actually most pleasantly surprised by Mood Light - a light lavender-based pink powder, simulating pink lighting. Mood Light reminds me most of that romantic evening glow, and I feel like it leaves a hint of blush color to the skin without being obvious. 

Diffused Light is a pale yellow softening powder that reminds me a little of my Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder with its Photoshop-like effects, diffusing the face to a flawless finish.

Luminous Light is a beautiful champagne-beige shade that runs almost a light, pastel orange/sherbert shade in the swatches. As the name suggests, it is the most luminous, glowy finish of the three powders. I can actually use it easily as a highlighter, but I'm not too afraid to set my liquid foundation with it either. I think it could be used to create a beautiful Jennifer Lopez, "glow from within" look.


Now, on to the Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush ($35) - I'd actually skip it. Although the (synthetic Taklon) bristles are nice and dense, the brush is perhaps a little too stiff for the product. I find that swirling the brush in the powder "kicks up" a lot of powder residue in the pan (see below).

The powder residue is a result of LIGHTLY swirling the brush around the powder - eek.

To be fair, however, my Tom Ford brushes are also too dense to avoid the powder residue. I use one of my softer Hakuhodo brushes to swirl around the powder without "kicking up" powder in the pan.

All right, here are the swatches (several of them)! Heavy swatches are on the left and blended out swatches are on the right.

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In flash lighting, you can definitely see that Mood Light has a reflective sheen, and you can almost make out the shimmer particles in Luminous Light. Finally, you can see that Diffused Light has a less reflective, satin finish, especially compared to the other powders.

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Finally, I compared NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. Please note that the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal is a translucent powder that is reflective. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light has a pale yellow cream color that also brightens the face complexion, but not as reflective as the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal. In other words, they look similar, but they do achieve different effects on the face.

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Final verdict: I very much love these Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders! You can definitely experiment with the six different shades and reflective levels. I like that Diffused Light gives a brightening and diffused/softening effect on the face. Mood Light, even for us yellow-toned Asians, creates a very romantic evening lighting on the face with a beautiful sheen. Luminous Light gives a beautiful J.Lo-esque glow on the face with its champagne-beige shimmer shade, which can also be used as a highlighter. I also like the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal, which I find different in use (translucent, softening, and reflective) than the Diffused Light Powder (pale yellow, softening, and satin finish). Let me know what you guys think.

**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.