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Clinique Eyelet, Gauzy, Romanced Even Better Lip Colour Foundation Reviews & Swatches

Eyelet (01) Clinique Eyelet (01) Even Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation ($19.50 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium peach with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium color coverage that applied fairly evenly, but there was some product that separated along my lip lines. The texture felt lightweight, thin, and velvety, rather than traditionally creamy. It stayed on decently for three and a half hours and felt hydrating ove...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Fraser, Clinique, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Holiday 2019 Gift Sets, Int l Retailers Clinique UK FeelUniqueHouse, Camelia Blanc, Mesa Around LE, Pat McGrath Donatella, Natasha Denona Sava, Pat McGrath Sextrology


Clinique Sable & Mink Even Better Lip Colour Foundation Reviews & Swatches

Sable (27) Clinique Sable (27) Even Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation ($19.50 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a natural sheen. It had good color payoff in a single layer, though it wasn’t quite opaque, and it did not build up as readily due to the more emollient quality of the texture. The lipstick felt lightweight, lightly creamy with moderate slip, which made it comfortable to ap...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Fraser, Clinique, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Sable, Temptalia, Holiday 2019 Gift Sets, Int l Retailers Clinique UK FeelUniqueHouse, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus, Giorgio Armani Acajou


Clinique Velvet Kisses & Velour Even Better Lip Colour Foundation Reviews & Swatches

Velvet Kisses (29) Clinique Velvet Kisses (29) Even Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation ($19.50 for 0.13 oz.) is a darker, chocolaty brown with warmer, red undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one layer, which didn’t build up too well due to the more emollient, slippery texture. The product seemed to get pushed around and became more uneven if I tried to build up the color with a second layer. The consi...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Fraser, Clinique, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Pat McGrath Divine Brown, Int l Retailers Clinique UK FeelUniqueHouse, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus, MAC Modern Temptress LE, Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation


Clinique Delicate, Enamored, Closer Even Better Lip Colour Foundation Reviews & Swatches

Delicate (10) Clinique Delicate (10) Even Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation ($19.50 for 0.13 oz.) is a dusty, medium pink-coral with moderate, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had excellent color payoff in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging. The texture was lightweight, creamy without being too emollient or too slippery, and wasn’t prone to emphasizing my lip lines. It stayed on ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Fraser, Revlon, Clinique, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Natasha Denona Jeniffer, Pat McGrath Skinsane, Int l Retailers Clinique UK FeelUniqueHouse


This or That: Coral Blush Edition

This week, I shared my breakdown of how to make more critical comparisons between two products when you’re choosing between two options, whether you’re in decluttering mode or considering a new purchase or have been tempted by something new and shiny! Here are those methods applied to some of the recommendations I made in my A to Z Guide to Coral Blush. In that post, I included a variety of shades from light to dark, matte to shimmer, cooler to warmer and so on across different brands and price...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Global, Georgia, Beauty, Sydney, Sephora, Christine, Alba, Fraser, Natasha Denona, Cheeks, Best Beauty Products, Incandescent Electra, Natasha Denona Alba Duo Glow, Sephora CA Sephora


1990s Ashes Rematch: Drama on day 5

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. Australia (446-5) trail England (575-5 dec) by 129 runs. We’ve done some pretty pointless things in our time, but playing out the fifth day of this match and then writing about it is unquestionably the most pointless today. Here’s what happened on day four. As we resume, Steve Waugh is on 120, Ian Healy...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Chris Lewis, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Aussies, Graham Thorpe, Barmy Army, Ian Healy, Frank Tyson, Miller, Salisbury, Lewis, Stewart, Gus


1990s Ashes Rematch: Australia fight hard against unpredictable England attack on day 4

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. Australia (151-2) trail England (575-5 dec) by 424 runs. Here’s what happened on day three. Greg Blewett and Mark Waugh walk out to bat. The sun is out and the ball is 43 overs old, but the pitch is turning and there’s a bit of erratic bounce too. Morning session Angus Fraser lumbers in to start...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Aussies, Jonathan Agnew, Salisbury, Lewis, Fraser, Mike Atherton, Atherton, Gough, Healy, Angus Fraser, Waugh


1990s Ashes Rematch: Bevan mystery deepens on day 3

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. Day two ended with England 413-4. Nasser Hussain is unbeaten on 145 having batted through the day. Robin Smith is on 22. Mark Taylor still hasn’t given Michael Bevan a bowl. Morning session After much talk about declarations on commentary (Shane Warne thinks Michael Atherton should have declared halfway th...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Smith, Shane Warne, Taylor, Chris Lewis, Mark Waugh, Aussies, Jonathan Agnew, Miller, Salisbury, Lewis, Stewart, Slater, Jack Russell


Guerlain #29, #30, #31 Rouge G Matte Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

#29 Guerlain #29 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with moderate, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage that could have applied more evenly to my lips, though a lot of it was a reflection of the finish and formula. The texture felt smooth, lightweight, and more velvety, so it glided comfortably across my lips but didn’t feel emollient. The issue I had was t...
Tags: John Lewis, Toronto, Beauty, Lipstick, Guerlain, Susan, Christine, Fraser, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Mattes, Temptalia, Lake CI, Lake CI 42090 Blue, Sephora CA Sephora


Guerlain #219 & #518 Rouge G Matte Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

#219 Guerlain #219 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency felt smooth and velvety–it glided easily across my lips but didn’t feel traditionally creamy or “wet” as it applied. It was lightweight and didn’t catch on imperfections, though it wasn’t as smoothing of my lip lines as the original Rouge G formula is. It had near...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Guerlain, Christine, Fraser, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Mattes, Temptalia, Lake CI, Lake CI 42090 Blue, Sephora CA Sephora, Summer 2020, Sephora Nordstrom Neiman Marcus Saks, Rouge G Matte Lip Colors


Clinique Solar Pop Powder Pop Flower Bronzer Review & Swatches

Solar Pop Clinique Solar Pop Powder Pop Flower Bronzer ($32.50 for 0.31 oz.) is a light brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full opacity with a second layer, so it seemed a little more pigmented than marketed but not far off. The texture was smooth to the touch, firmer and denser without being stiff to work with but needed a moderately-de...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Fraser, Clinique, Cheek Products, Bronzers, Pigmentation, Temptalia, LE Limited Edition, Int l Retailers Clinique UK FeelUniqueHouse, Summer 2020, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus, All Dupes Becca Capri Coast


Clinique Lunar Pop Powder Pop Flower Highlighter Review & Swatches

Lunar Pop Clinique Lunar Pop Powder Pop Flower Highlighter ($32.50 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, peachy beige with moderate, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. There was very, very faint pink and gold pearl sprinkled throughout, but it didn’t create much dimension or shift in person. Per the brand, it’s supposed to have “buildable” coverage and a “visibly dewy finish.” It had medium, buildable coverage–up to mostly opaque with tw...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Fraser, Clinique, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Mica Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Hexanediol Polysorbate, Int l Retailers Clinique UK FeelUniqueHouse, Summer 2020, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus


Guerlain #688 & 699 Sheer Shine Rouge G Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

#688 Guerlain #688 Sheer Shine Rouge G Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, raspberry pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium color payoff in a single layer, which built up to semi-opaque coverage with a second layer. The texture was lightweight, thin but not clingy, and had enough glide to apply comfortably to my lips in a fluid motion, though I didn’t feel like it had the shine I’d expect f...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Tom Ford, Guerlain, Christine, Fraser, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Tom Ford Beauty Xavier, Tom Ford Beauty Didier, Sephora CA Sephora, Summer 2020, Sephora Nordstrom Neiman Marcus Saks, Rouge Gs


Guerlain #235, 588, 677 Sheer Shine Rouge G Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

#235 Guerlain #235 Sheer Shine Rouge G Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, reddish-copper with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen with very faint pearl. It had medium color coverage in a single layer, which didn’t build up much more than that. The consistency felt lightweight, thin without being clingy, and had enough slip to apply evenly and without tugging but didn’t feel particularly slippery when worn. It ...
Tags: John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Lipstick, Guerlain, Susan, Christine, Fraser, Bobbi Brown, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Chanel Antoinette, Givenchy Rose Nocturne, Dior Tutti Frutti, Tom Ford Beauty Maurice


Guerlain #50 Rouge G Lipstick Review & Swatches

#50 Guerlain #50 Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color (2018) ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vivid, medium-dark coral with strong, warm undertones and a luminous, cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly and fluidly across my lips without tugging. The texture felt creamy, lightweight without being thin or overly emollient, and comfortable to apply and to wear. The color went on evenly without emp...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Dc, Guerlain, Christine, Fraser, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Guerlain Geneva, Temptalia, Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora, Sephora CA Sephora, Summer 2020, Sephora Nordstrom Neiman Marcus Saks, Rouge G Lipstick Review Swatches


Guerlain #007 & #25 Sheer Shine Rouge G Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

#007 Guerlain #007 Sheer Shine Rouge G Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a soft, lighter coral with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen with barely-there pearl. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly across my lips and never tugged during application. The consistency was lightweight, thin, and there was a smidgen of product that sank into my deeper lip lines but not enough to be vis...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Guerlain, Christine, Fraser, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Helle, Temptalia, Guerlain Rouge Saphir, MAC Life, Sephora CA Sephora, Tom Ford Beauty Zoe, Summer 2020, Sephora Nordstrom Neiman Marcus Saks


Chanel Eau de Rose & Ondee Rouge Coco Flash Lip Colours Reviews & Swatches

Eau de Rose (112) Chanel Eau de Rose (112) Rouge Coco Flash Lip Colour ($38.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones paired with a pearly, luminous finish. It had medium to semi-opaque coverage (seemed more medium coverage on my lips, more semi-opaque swatched) with an emollient consistency that felt like a hybrid of a lipstick and a lip balm. It was thin enough that it didn’t seem overly slippery, ...
Tags: John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Lipstick, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Acacia, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Estee Lauder Pink Parfait, Estee Lauder Cali Coral, Nordstrom Neiman Marcus Saks, Grey Int l Retailers FeelUniqueHouse


Chanel Au Fil de L’Eau (358) Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

Au Fil de L'Eau (358) Chanel Au Fil de L’Eau (358) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($65.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad featuring an iridescent pink, soft pink-peach, mid-tone gray, and darker gray; all four shades had some shimmer ranging from satin to soft metallic. They had good color coverage but often needed a second layer to get to full opacity (alternatively, one could use a primer or apply with a ...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Sydney, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Chanel Tisse Smoky, Temptalia, Laura Mercier Diamond Pink LE, Hexanediol


Chanel Miroir d’Eau Multi-Use Top Coat Review & Swatches

Miroir d'Eau Chanel Miroir d’Eau Multi-Use Top Coat ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a translucent, iridescent pink with a glossy finish that is designed for use on “eyes, lips, and cheeks” for an “iridescent shine.” The effect is most noticeable on eyes or cheeks (skin) rather than lips, as I felt like the dewy finish got lost on lips and contributed very little iridescence/sheen. The base appeared more translucent, while the iridescent ef...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Pat McGrath, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Laura Geller, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Nordstrom Neiman Marcus Saks, Grey Int l Retailers FeelUniqueHouse, Spring 2020, Eau Chanel Miroir


Chanel Fleur de Lotus & Pivoine Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Liquid Lip Colour Reviews & Swatches

Fleur de Lotus (830) Chanel Fleur de Lotus (830) Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Liquid Lip Colour ($38.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a darker, red-coral with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fluidly across my lips and was easy to spread out for even coverage. The texture was thin, almost watery, and it definitely felt as lightweight as marketed. It didn’t feel clingy, though it didn’t camouflage l...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Chanel, Tom Ford, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Chanel Rouge, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lisa Eldridge, Nordstrom Neiman Marcus Saks, Grey Int l Retailers FeelUniqueHouse, Chanel Fleur de Lotus


Chanel Au Fil des Fleurs (356) Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

Au Fil des Fleurs (356) Chanel Au Fil des Fleurs (356) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($65.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad for spring featuring two shades of pink, an iridescent lavender, and a muted purple; all featured some level of shimmer to them. The lightest shade (#2) was sheerer and would be more of a brightening or layering shade (based on opacity and type of color), while the other shades were p...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Sydney, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Pat McGrath, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, MAC Triple Impact LE, Temptalia


Chanel Camelias d’Eau Lip Palette Review & Swatches

Camelias d'Eau Chanel Camelias d’Eau Lip Palette ($60.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that includes lipsticks in fuchsia, pink, plum, and red. They’re in the Rouge Allure formula, though I found that they were a little bit less emollient, luminous, and hydrating compared to most shades I’ve tried in the regular twist-up tubes, which seemed to result in a bit less line-smoothing than I’ve experienced in the past, t...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Palomino, Fraser, Bellini, Chanel Rouge, Makeup Palettes, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lip Palette/Set, MAC Hollywood Cerise LE


Chanel Rosy Light Drops Le Blanc Highlighting Fluid Review & Swatches

Rosy Light Drops Chanel Rosy Light Drops Le Blanc Highlighting Fluid ($50.00 for 1 oz.) is a pale pink with very fine, pearl throughout that had a lightly dewy, luminous sheen for its finish. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-sheer to medium at best, but it was described as a “sheer liquid highlighter” so it lived up to expectations. The brand said that the liquid highlighter could be “worn alone or lay...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Fraser, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Nordstrom Neiman Marcus Saks, Grey Int l Retailers FeelUniqueHouse, Spring 2020, Chanel Rosy Light Drops Le Blanc


Chanel Rose Petillant Joues Contraste Blush Review & Swatches

Rose Petillant (330) Chanel Rose Petillant (330) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had buildable coverage–as marketed–from medium to mostly opaque (two to three layers) that applied evenly to bare skin and diffused to a seamless finish with barely any blending (but didn’t sheer out too readily). The texture was silky, smooth, and soft without be...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Chanel, Smith, Christine, Fraser, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Chanel Joues Contraste Blush, Nordstrom Neiman Marcus Saks, Grey Int l Retailers FeelUniqueHouse, Spring 2020, Joues Contraste Blush, Joues Contraste


Chanel Golden Light Baume Essentiel Review & Swatches

Golden Light Chanel Golden Light Baume Essentiel ($45.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light copper with moderate, warm undertones paired with a glossy finish with subtle pearl. It has an emollient, wetter feel that leaves behind a shinier, glossier finish that doesn’t fully set or dry down, though it doesn’t slide around (surprisingly). The balmy quality seems to give it better spreadability, especially over base products, as I didn’t strugg...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Chanel, Tom Ford, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Pat McGrath, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Temptalia, Bay CA, Grey Int l Retailers FeelUniqueHouse, Spring 2020, Chanel Golden Light Baume Essentiel


Clinique Gold Celebration Pop (Year of the Rat) Cheek Pop Highlighter Review & Swatches

Gold Celebration Pop Clinique Gold Celebration Pop Cheek Pop Highlighter ($25.00 for 0.1 oz.) is light-medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin and blended out easily. This was the “downside” to the product as it was supposed to have more buildable coverage. The texture was smooth to the touch without any powderiness, which wasn’t...
Tags: Nordstrom, UK, John Lewis, Hollywood, Beauty, Bay, Christine, Bloomingdale, Fraser, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Chanel Le, Int l Retailers Clinique UK FeelUniqueHouse


Chanel Camelia Grenat & Camelia Carmin Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Colours Reviews & Swatches

Camelia Grenat (617) Chanel Camelia Grenat (617) Rouge Allure Velvet ($40.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly over my lips without dragging. The lipstick felt lightweight with a thinner, velvety texture that didn’t have a lot of slip or feel traditionally creamy, though it was comfortable to ap...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Carmin, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, YSL Le Rouge, Bay CA, NARS Transeurope Express


Chanel Camelia Fuchsia & Camelia Rouge Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Colours Reviews & Swatches

Camelia Fuchsia (347) Chanel Camelia Fuchsia (347) Rouge Allure Velvet ($40.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, deeper fuchsia pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly in a single layer, though I felt like the texture wasn’t as smoothing or as flattering as I’d expect for the formula. While my lip lines were less visible due tot he brightness of the hue, I f...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, Bay CA, Grey Int l Retailers FeelUniqueHouse, Spring 2020, Chanel Camelia Rouge


Chanel Camelia Rouge Metal & Camelia Pourpre Rouge Allure Lip Colours Reviews & Swatches

Camelia Rouge Metal (607) Chanel Camelia Rouge Metal (607) Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($40.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, candy apple red with a soft, metallic sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that didn’t build up to full coverage. The consistency had light slip–thin, light, and almost balm-like but it never felt overly wet/emollient–that was comfortable to apply and to wear. Th...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour, Bay CA, Grey Int l Retailers FeelUniqueHouse, Spring 2020, Camelia Pourpre


Chanel Warm Memories (354) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

Warm Memories (354) Chanel Warm Memories (354) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($62.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, mauve and plum-leaning quad that had a pop of orange. Three of the four shades had some shimmer to them, but the orange was the only true shimmer in the quad. At a glance, there seemed to be a decent range of depth, but I found that the first three shades clustered together and resulted in a muddier look in pra...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Sydney, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Christine, Soleil, Fraser, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia



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