Comparison: Chanel – Accessoire Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel’s Spring 2013 collection consisted of 3 new nail colours. Of course being a Chanel-fiend I picked up all three. The first thing I did when I got home was to see if I have any dupes for the three colors, however, I could only find similar colors for Accessoire. I find it very similar to Chanel’s Vamp, Rouge Noir and the recently released (holiday 2012 collection) Malice. I find the difference to be only noticeable under bright lighting (mostly sunlight).

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Accessoire vs. Vamp

–          I find these two to be the most similar. Vamp is a shimmer polish while Accessoire is a crème polish. Accessoire has a bit more brown in the base color than Vamp but it is very similar.

Accessoire vs. Rouge Noir

–          The finish of the two polishes is the same. Rouge Noir is darker, almost black with a bit of red tone. The different between the two is very noticeable even in low lighting.

Accessoire vs. Malice

–          Malice has some red shimmer in it and the base color is darker, however, in low lighting it still appears to be very similar.

ImageThe above photo show how similar the polishes are.

It was interesting to see such a fall/winter color as part of the spring collection. It is an interesting color, definitely more on the brown side than red or plum or black. I am glad I have it as part of my nail polish collection, but I don’t see it as a must have.

Bottom line: If you have any of the above Chanel nail polish, you can pass on this polish. It is a permanent product, so you can always pick it up later.

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Review: Part 2 Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

(Continued from Part 1 Review of the YSL’s Glossy Stains) For review on the packaging and formulation please see Part 1 of the Review.

The three other colors I picked up were #7 Corail Aquatique, #10 Rouge Philtre, and #19 Beige Aquarelle.

#7 Corail Aquatique applied evenly and it’s very pigmented. It’s a pretty coral color, even similar to my own lip color. It’s a more neutral wearable shade that applies smooth.

#10 Rouge Philtre is a pretty bright pinkish red, and you can layer to make it more intense. I find that it went well with my yellow and cool undertone. It applied very smooth and is pigmented as well. I think it is a versatile color because you can make it intense or apply a thin layer with a nude color gloss to make it more neutral.

#19 Beige Aquarelle is similar in color to Part 1’s #18 Rose Pastelle. It is not as pink as Rose Pastelle. I find it to be more wearable than #18, because it has a beige undertone instead of white. It didn’t apply as smoothly as the other colors, but it’s better than #18. I think this is good to tone down your lip color but I would still wear a gloss over top, otherwise it can be quiet boring color.

Product Info:

$32 @ Sephora and Nordstrom (They both have exclusive shades, Sephora has most of them)

Net Wt 0.2 oz 6ml

Pro:

  • Great Formula
  • Great Pigmentation
  • Great Color Range

Con:

  • Lighter color is a bit streaky
  • Expensive

Bottom line: If the price doesn’t scare you off (which is not outrageous compared to other high end lip products), this is an excellent product to have and invest in.

Review: Part 1 Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

There has been many raves on the blog world about these YSL Glossy Stain. This is more the initial look at it, since these two colors did not work for me (I ordered it blind from Sephora). I did end up returning these two color and picking up another three other colors, which will be reviewed next.

The packaging is very high quality plastic, and I like that it is not all gold, like other YSL products. The part I think that’s especially well done is the see through strip in the tube. It makes it easy to see what color it is without looking at the label. The applicator is like Lancome’s Fever Gloss, which is fatter than the normal doe foot applicator. Personally, I like the applicator a lot – very easy for quick application.

The formula is truly great, both hydrating and pigmented. When first put on, there is a glossiness, but it fades over time and becomes more of a matte color. I wont lie, it does makes my lips feel tight (almost a dry feel) after the glossiness goes away. It doesn’t make my lips peel over time at all, but I do think you need to apply a lip balm over it to keep your lips hydrated.

The two colors I chose were #15 Rose Vinyl and #18 Rose Pastelle. #15 Rose Vinyl applied like a dream, it was really pigmented and applied evenly. #18 Rose Pastelle is another story, it applied really streaky and it seemed light (white) on my lips instead of pink.

Product Info:

$32 @ Sephora and Nordstrom (They both have exclusive shades, Sephora has most of them)

Net Wt 0.2 oz 6ml

Pro:

  • Great Formula
  • Great Pigmentation
  • Great Color Range

Con:

  • Lighter color is a bit streaky
  • Expensive

Bottom line: If the price doesn’t scare you off (which is not outrageous compared to other high end lip products), this is an excellent product to have and invest in.

Review: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in Boheme

This lipstick was one of my online impulse buys. I have never tried a MUFE lipstick before and I was curious. The packaging is shiny plastic with “Make Up For Ever” on each of the surfaces. To be honest, it’s pretty cheap packaging. I would expect this kind of packaging from a drugstore brand (it actually reminds me of Maybelline lipstick I bought once in high school).

The color is a beige nude with pink shimmer. It is a sheer lipstick, I didn’t find it build-able since It didn’t apply evenly. It looks really pretty swatched on my arm but it’s much lighter on the lips. Also, My lips peel after wearing this lipstick, so this gets poor grades for moisturizing. It only wears for a couple of hours on my sensitive lips.

This lipstick does have the same fragrance and taste as standard drugstore lipstick, which I think it’s a huge negative for a higher end make up brand. Personally, I hate the taste of drugstore lipsticks, which is why I always opt for high end lip products.

Product Info:
$19 @ Sephora
It is a limited edition product
3.5g – Net wt. 0.12 oz

Pro:

  • Easy to wear color
  • Shiny finish

Con:

  • Cheap Packaging
  • Does not apply evenly
  • Chemical taste and smell

Bottom line: I would avoid this lipstick. You can find a similar color, finish and performance at the drugstore for much less.