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  1. MUG SHOT: Chanel Charivari (swatches and comparisons) plus more Tapage goodness

    February 1, 2014 by pam

    Last week, I showed you the beauty that is Chanel Tapage. This time, I’m going to show you the other polish from Chanel’s Notes de Printemps Collection for Spring 2014: Charivari.

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    Chanel describes Charivari as a “dark mauve.” It’s a dusty deep purple creme. It can also be described as a smoky plum or eggplant. Lovely formula, application was easy. I used two coats.

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    I brought out other purple Chanels to compare with Charivari.

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    Paradoxal is a lot lighter and has shimmer; Taboo is darker and is super shimmery; Provocation is a red-based purple; Vendetta has a lot more blue in it and is a shimmer, not a creme. No dupes here.

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    I also wanted to compare this shade with non-Chanels. I especially wanted to see how it compares to Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Recherche because the two shades look super similar in photos.

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    Dior Purple Revolution is way darker; Nars Manosque has Charivari’s smoky quality but is lighter; Dior Purple Mix is lighter and brighter.

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    Recherche is the closest shade to Charivari but it looks just a tad more brown to me.

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    I took a closeup for you to see.

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    And because I was doing comparisons, I snuck in another Tapage comparison.

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    Dior Lucky is more pink and has jelly-like qualities while Tapage is a creme.

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    I decided to play with Charivari and Tapage.

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    First I tried an accent nail.

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    And then I did a fun French tip. Forgive the unevenness – I did this freehand and I kind of suck.

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    Chanel’s Notes de Printemps Collection is now available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.


  2. MUG SHOT: Paint Box Charcoal Gray (or why you should run to the nearest Bench store now)

    January 29, 2014 by pam

    I first spotted them last December while I was shopping for Christmas presents. (Ever since I can remember, I’ve been getting Bench boxers for my grandma’s brothers for Christmas and they love them. There was one year that I decided to change things up and get them something else and they were actually disappointed.) When I saw the bottles by the checkout counter, I thought, “Whoa! Bench has nail polish now? Awesome!” But because I was drowning in my Christmas list, I thought, “I will get to you soon. Soon, I promise.”

    Soon is now.

    Bench sent me all 25 colors from its Paint Box nail polish line.

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    According to Bench, their Paint Box shades are vegan. They do not contain formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phtalate (DBP), animal derivatives and are cruelty-free. They also contain keratin that can strengthen the nails and treat damage and brittleness.

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    My plan was to swatch these shades in batches. But that plan changed when I swatched Charcoal Gray. I couldn’t wait to show you this color.

    Charcoal Gray was the color that jumped out at me when I first saw the Paint Box line at Bench. That didn’t change when I unpacked the boxes – it was just begging to be swatched. “This is a holo!” I thought. In the bottle, Charcoal Gray looks like a gray with silver shimmer and a purple flash.

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    The purple flash becomes a lot stronger when light hits the bottle in a certain way.

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    On the nails, Charcoal Gray is just as complex. It can look purple, gray and even blue, all at the same time. The formula was great. It was super easy to apply and was completely opaque after two coats. I will warn you now – I will post a lot of pictures of this shade (and I mean A LOT). I just love it so much.

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    I love that even under my swatching light, its holo qualities become slightly visible.

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    I wore Charcoal Gray for five days with no chipping and just minimal tip wear. It was an attention-grabber even when it wasn’t showing its holo properties. A number of different people asked me what nail polish I was wearing and were shocked when they found out how affordable it was (more on the price later – that’s the biggest surprise).

    I couldn’t stop taking pictures of Charcoal Gray. It just looked different under different lights. There were times when it even looked green. And when sunlight and strong lights hit it, it became a crazy pretty holo.

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    Even the sunset makes Charcoal Gray go completely holo-crazy.

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    I also took a video to show you how Charcoal Gray transforms when sunlight hits it.

    Now that I’ve flooded you with images, it’s time to tell you how to get your hands on Charcoal Gray.

    Charcoal Gray and the rest of the colors from Bench’s Paint Box line are available at Bench stores for only ₱58 each. Yes, fifty-eight pesos for 11 ml of awesomeness. Yes, a dollar and thirty cents.

    I can’t wait to swatch the rest of the Paint Box shades.