Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in Lame Noir Review

I recently got an email from a rather lovely email asking me, “Muse, will you be reviewing the Chanel Smokey Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette?”

Sadly, I had to say no, I love the palette, it’s stunning, it’s gorgeous…and it’s matte….eep! I believe two of the shades in the palette are matte and I honestly cannot, for my life, pull off a matte smokey eye.

So, no, I’m sorry you won’t see me reviewing the Chanel Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette anytime soon. However, to make up for the fact that I’m not reviewing the palette I’ll bring you a review of the rather awesome Chanel Noir Lame Eyeliner Duo.

Do you love me a little bit more now that I haven’t completely forsaken Chanel’s Fall Collection? Go on, kiss me why dontcha!

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Yes, there is a story behind the wrapping paper and no it’s not my birthday! The Chanel MA at Macy’s 34th gets rather excited when I bring my best friend Jai along for the ride so virtually everything I purchase gets wrapped up like a Christmas goose! I think maybe she hasn’t realized that Jai is actually gay and she’s hoping to impress him with her awesome wrapping skillz? I’m not really sure but she positively glows when he gushes about how cute a job she did wrapping! *shrugs* Stranger things have happened when I’m out with Jai, stranger things, truly…!

I’ll start my review by saying I’m rubbish with eyeliner! Indeed, I am! I admit it for all the world to know! I’m really not that fab lining my eyes and if I do line my eyes I prefer using a potted gel like Smashbox Cream Eye Liner, this is my liner of choice as it’s virtually goof proof when using a brush like the Smashbox #9 to apply.

Now taking things to the next level I find that powder liner is simply divine but lord knows no one makes it anymore!

I remember, back when the Muse was young and free, coming across my very first powder liner in some cheapy, cheesy clearance makeup catalog! God, for the very life of me I can’t recall the name of the catalog but I do recall ordering some of that powder liner and using it daily for many years after!

I haven’t had my hands on a proper powder liner in a long time until Stila introduced it’s talking Smoky Eye Palette which came with an ideally textured powder liner that was positively brilliant! It was like pay dirt when I hit that jackpot!

The moral of the story is that I find working with powder liner is simple, easy, mess free, and virtually goof proof. It glides on amazingly easy, smudges beautifully if you so desire, and you aren’t poking an eye out or creating a mess when using it!

In comes Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo and the Muse is in heaven! At $45 USD it’s not the cheapest option around however this is liable to last a few hundred years so you’re getting alot of bang for your buck!

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The palette is made up of two shades, Lame and Noir, well duh as per it’s name right? Contrary to images I’ve taken and images you’ll see on the Internets, Lame is not a full on black, it happens to be an off black that borders gray. The color creates a very nice smoked out look to eyes or if you prefer, with a heavier hand, you can get more definition to the eye area to create a more intense look.

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Noir is my favorite of the two shades as it contains a nice dose of shimmer (but not too much). This too is not a full on black either but leans more towards a deeper, darker off black shade with touches of gray and of course some beautiful silver shimmer.

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The palette comes with two applicators which, although small, make lining and defining the eye area simply and easy. The colors could probably be used wet if you like but I personally feel like that would ruin the palette and defeat the purpose of using a powder liner, hell if I wanted wet I’d have gone and gotten a liquid eye liner for $30 bucks less! You could also probably multitask the palette easily enough by using either shade as an eyeshadow but again the main point of the palette is to line eyes. The applicators included are a rounded sponge tip and a softer brush tip. The sponge tip makes for easy smudging while the brush applicator makes for a nice straight eye or curved cat eye. Whichever one you use you’re guaranteed a flawless lined eye!

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I highly recommend this for those that are liner retarded like myself or those who just like the simplicity and elegance of an easy eye lining experience. The palette is virtually goof proof and you don’t need to take brain surgery class prior to application…thank god for the Muse as she hates that damn class, way too long and boring!

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Like all Chanel products, the palette is beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated in it’s design and presentation.

I definately approve this one for purchase for it’s ease of use, the elegance factor, and just for the sake of saying “Hey, it’s Chanel!”

See more of the Chanel Exceptional Collection by clicking here!

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Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection 2008

Anyone feel like a little Bobbi Brown Holiday?

Supposedly it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

At least it’s turning out that way for me when I seen this year’s offerings!

What’s a Holiday Collection without a brush set? $65 USD gets you four essential Bobbi Brown Brushes and a gold pouch for holding ‘em all in!

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The Bobbi Brown Diamond Cosmestic Bag and Mini Brush Set isn’t on my wish list as it’s a tad bit on the pricey side and I’m not partial to the color of the bag however I will say be it mini or regular size, Bobbi Brown brushes are ideally some of the best I’ve used! I’ve used both her full and mini size brushes and both are incredibly good! However, for four brushes and a pouch, $65 USD might be a tiny bit much for this Muse!

Taking it down to $55 USD you can nab the Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Mini Brush Set which includes a gold pouch and three mini brushes!

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Again, a little to high for me but I could probably see myself indulging if it wasn’t for the case! I’m just not feeling all that metallic gold!

Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Beauty Kit for $95 USD is a slick, two layered tier to hold all your beauty essentials!

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Mmmm all the gold..Bobbi you’re killing me…could it be pink…but I guess that wouldn’t be too holiday-ish!

What would the holiday be without a gloss kit?! Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Trio contains three shades of scrumptious gloss for $45 USD with a gold pouch for storing them all in!

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You’ll get the following shades:

  • Spun Gold Shimmer
  • Pink Glitter
  • Sandy Beige Shimmer

It’s on the Muse’s wishy list! Santa baby fill my stocking with Bobbi Brown glosses please? k, Thanks, the Muse loves you very much! Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss retails for $20 USD each so getting three plus the bag is a nice little deal!

Of course, the holidays just aren’t the holidays without palettes!

Indulge your need for glorious palettes with all, some, or one of the following:

Bobbi Brown Basics Eye Palette $45 USD
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Bobbi Brown Basics Lip Palette $45 USD

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Get it ALL with the Bobbi Brown Lip & Eye Palette $60 USD

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Ummm yes this is definately on the Muse’s wishy list! Wants!

Originally exclusive to Nordies now you can indulge in the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Palettes for the Holiday Season! Available in Moon Rock and Night Sky for $55 USD Each

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Bobbi Brown Velvet Plum Eye Palette $45 USD

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If you’re looking for a sophiscated, elegant and slightly shimmery Holiday Collection look no further than Bobbi Brown’s latest offerings!

I’ll definately bring you a few of these for review shortly as they are too stunning to pass up!

Although the site hasn’t been updated on the “What’s New?” section of the Bobbi Brown site all of the items are available for purchases at Bobbi’s site and also at Bobbi Brown counters! Get shopping!

Love any of this collection?

On your wish list for the Holiday?

Do tell the Muse!

I’m very curious what you’re thinking about the new Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection!

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Must Have Makeup: Cargo Eyelighter Review

So you have dark circles? Got a bit less sleep then you’d like?

No problem-o! The Muse has you covered.

Have you tried Cargo Eyelighter?

Totally perfect solution for the days your eyes need a wakeup call on the double!

I recently tested out a few Cargo Eyelighters and fell pretty in love with ‘em! I purposely withheld using these on days I got plenty of rest however, like this morning for example when I’m working on three hours of sleep, I decided to dive right in to see how well Cargo Eyelighter banished my dark circles, puffy eyes, and the general sleep deprived droopy eye look I had going on!

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And I’m here to tell the tale that indeed they do a damn fine job of waking up tired, sleepy eyes and offering a refreshed, awake appearance.

What are these things anyway Muse?

These are simply a dual sided eyeshadow pencil that contains a matte side of shadow on one end and a shimmery shadow on the other. The matte side of the pencil is used on the outer corner of your eye and highbrow while the shimmery side is used on the inner corner of the eye. The effect is a brightening, lightening, wide, awake appearance. Although the package suggests using the shadows on outer and inner corners, I took the liberal to line my lower lash line with the matte end and add a bit of the shimmery side as a highlight to my eye…the effect is the same..a wider, naturally bare look that’s both beautiful and refreshing.

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Does it banish dark circles completely?

No, absolutely not. However, it successfully reflects off of dark shadows and creates a more awake appearance. Yes, you’ll absolutely still need concealer but this and concealer create a rather perfect, awake eye look!

This are ideal for travel or quick touch ups as the product is complete and you don’t have to tug around anything extra with you. The shadows are housed inside the cap of the applicator, simply twist, remove the applicator and it’ll already be saturated with color. Apply, done, AWAKE!

I think part of it’s major appeal would be the fact that it adds a natural elegance to my eye area. For someone who prefers bolder eye shadows it’s a rather nice break from vibrant and intense..to just..fresh, natural, and beautiful.

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I personally loved the finished results on this and will be purchasing these again when I run out. If you watch Gossip Girl you might notice that Blake Lively always has a touch of shimmering white or gold in the inner corners of her eye, the results are pretty much the same as what you see on her although in my case I definately do NOT look like Blake Lively hehe!

Using Cargo Eyelighter in Pink
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Using Cargo Eyelighter in Gold
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If you’re loving my blush that would be Urban Decay Baked in Glided!

The two shades I tried were Gold and Pink, Pink happens to be a new shade addition for Fall. This is also available in White which I’m dying to try out so I ordered it from Sephora last week and will bring you an updated review about it shortly!

All in all I liked this alot and I’m approving them for purchase. I like the idea of a single item that I can tote around with me for quick, on the go touch ups for wider, more awake eyes, I love the finished results of going from sleepy to wow in a few quick swipes and I simply adore the naturally beautiful look these create!

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If you’re looking for something simple, easy to use, and works well enough at giving you that 12 hours of sleep you truly DIDN’T have…these are for you!

The Muse loves ‘em!

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Manish Arora for MAC

in MAC

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You gotta thank Temptalia for this one guys as your Muse wasn’t expecting it so early! Christine kindly twitted me that Manish Arora is live and kicking at MAC!

Go get yours NOW!

UPDATE: COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!

If this is anything at all like MAC DressCamp you’re going to want to hurry on over to grab yours quickly! I ended up ordering everything as the collection is stunning especially the blushes! I’ll be bringing you swatches and product photos tomorrow as I choose next day shipping…if I’m lucky that means it’ll be here tomorrow or the next day!

MAC Pro New York is already sold out of the collection as they had an early launch of it and I know MAC Soho will probably follow along quickly so I decided I’d order online. I’m unsure how truly limited the collection is but we shall see in the next few hours what happens!

I expected this to launch live on the website on Wednesday so I’m shocked to see it up so early!

MAC is also doing an early sign up for the Red She Said Holiday Collection so while you’re purchasing Manish Arora definately add your name in to be alerted on when the Holiday selections go live as this year it looks like a rather nice collection. The lippies have particularly caught my eye!

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So….

Anyone grabbing some of Manish Arora?

Love this collection?

Tell the Muse!

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one!

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Guerlain Midnight Butterfly Review

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It’s not too difficult to fall in love with the Guerlain Holiday Collection 2008 entitled Midnight Butterfly.

Over the years I never fail to fall deeply in love with the holiday collection from Guerlain and this year is absolutely no different from years prior as Guerlain releases a perfectly stunning collection filled with elegant, beautiful, and highly collectible pieces.

While last year concentrated on gold this year Guerlain took on silver and purple, two colors, in my opinion, that clash wonderfully well together. Although I don’t associate purple with the Holidays I must say that Guerlain took purple and owned it. Pairing softer lilac, with a darker purple and touches of silver and gold create a pure perfection for a Holiday face!

Although I’d have liked to indulge in the entire collection of beautiful items I concentrated on nabbing some of the more important pieces in the collection such as the eye palette, mascara, meteorites, and radiant powder.

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None of the lip items appealed to me thankfully however my eye was caught and captured by the $160 USD Guerlain Meteorites Pressed Powder in Radiant Butterfly. Truly it was a stunning powder but honestly at $160 USD it was way, way above what I’d have liked to spend on a compact!

I was both saddened and disappointed that Guerlain has raised its prices this year. One item in particular, the Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powder, costing $82 USD compared to $78 USD last year. The powder wasn’t the only price raise, other items were effected by a higher cost this year as well.

Aside from the minor disappointment of raised prices the collection has absolutely nothing to not love in it! All the items are luxe, posh and a pure, spoiled indulgence for the Holiday!

Of course, my very favorite item in the collection is the Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powder. This is a atomizer of fine, sparkling silver powder. Stunning both inside and out this powder is perfect for face or body! This is housed in a slick, feminine, vanity worthy perfume style bottle with a lilac butterfly attached. The butterfly is detachable and has a pin on the back so you can use it a as a cute accessory to a suit or a shirt. Last year I purchased a back up of Forever Gold but this year I was a bit more reserved and only indulged in one of the powders. I’m still debating with myself if I should go back for a second since the collection is so very limited!

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The Guerlain Eyeshadow Palette in Mysterious Butterfly is my second favorite item in the collection. Consisting of four shadows at $57 USD this item was not effected by the price raise thankfully and still remains the same price as last year. The palette has two shades of contrasting purple shadow, one liner shadow, and a highlighting shade. The two main shades are a sheer lilac and a dark aubergine. A bright gold is included to highlight with and a purple brownish shade is used for lining the eyes. The four shades make up the design of a fine silver butterfly. Sadly, the butterfly almost instantly disappears upon smoothing your applicator on it however the touches of silver mixed with the shadow creates a rather nice sparkling effect. The shadows are housed in a slick, lilac compact so the outside is just as stunning as the shadows. The shadows are all smooth and silky however don’t expect a dramatic eye look using these, Guerlain keeps it simple and elegant with a touch of sheer color that has a tiny touch of sparkle.

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The star of the Guerlain Midnight Butterfly collection would have to be the Meteorites. In comparison to last year the pearls are three times bigger in size which makes for easier application. Although last year’s version had touches of shimmer, this year the pearls have a matte, silky powder finish. The color is a universally flattering champagne shade that brightens and lightens to complextion while setting makeup and creating a nice glow to the face. I love the larger size this year as it makes the application super easy and mess free, the container is twice the size as normal Meteorites. In keeping with the lilac theme the Meteorites are housed in a lilac container with the emblem of a butterfly on top. The size wasn’t the only item that became inflated this year, the cost of the Meteorites raised from $51 USD to $65 USD which was a considerable raise in price compared to previous years.

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My final purchase was the Guerlain ‘Le 2 de Guerlain’ Mascara in Butterfly Sparkle. For the most part this purchase was spurred from the gorgeous packaging however ‘Le 2 de Guerlain’ is a fine mascara as I already own the gold version and I’m very happy with it. The mascara is a dual sided affair which allows for application of upper and lower lashes. The upper part of the mascara is black while the lower end is purple with a tiny bit of silver. Lining the lower part of your lashes with the purple and the upper with the black reflects beautifully off an eye look created using the Guerlain Eyeshadow Palette in Mysterious Butterfly!

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Right now, faced with an economical crisis, Guerlain Midnight Butterfly is not exactly the first collection you may have your eye due to it’s high cost however the Muse is approving it for purchase as it’s a stunning Holiday Collection! It has some highly collectible pieces in the collection for the makeup connoisseur or the makeup junkie. Face with so many options for the Holiday Season it’s difficult to choose which items are stash and which are trash! In the Muse’s opinion Guerlain’s Holiday Collection 2008 is a stash item! Truly an outstanding job on this one Guerlain! The Muse loves it!

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I did a quickie look this morning using everything in the collection! I fear it didn’t come out as well as I wanted to as I was rushed for time today but it’s not too bad.

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How about you?

Wanting the Guerlain Midnight Butterfly Collection?

Already indulged?

Bit to costly?

Tell the Muse!

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