Sunday, October 29, 2017

Luxury Central: Fresh Foundation Shades from La Prairie, New Lip Color from Tom Ford + Discoveries from Iconic London, Oribe + Sara Happ

Luxury central.
Back in 2012 (!), I started Beauty Professor with luxury beauty at the forefront of my brain; nearly seven years later, and opulent products are still my focus. Today, I am excited to share three new shades in one of my favorite foundation formulas, the*La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation (previously swatched and reviewed HERE). 

Additionally, I have seven new shades of *Tom Ford Lip Color to show you and can't wait to reveal a fascinating set of brushes from*ICONIC London, a gift-worthy Oribe set, a lip plumper from Sara Happ and some style elements thrown in for good measure. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
*La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation in Warm Beige, Satin Nude and Golden Beige.
Recently, *La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation (previously swatched and reviewed HERE) expanded its shade lineup, introducing three new hues that cater to the varied undertones of medium skin. As a general rule, this foundation consistently finds its way into my top five formulas due to its skincare benefits, impeccable natural coverage, friendliness to sensitive skin and long-lasting performance. 

For the past couple of years, Amber Beige has been my best match, blending seamlessly with my N/NC 27-30 skin for most of the year. I started receiving reader questions about "Satin Nude" and "Golden Beige" about the same time that I noticed Amber Beige was no longer on the Nordstrom site. La Prairie confirmed that some of the medium shades had been redesigned to meet skin tone needs on a global level and graciously offered to send the newly updated Warm Beige, Satin Nude and Golden Beige so I could include them in my swatch catalog

Warm Beige is excellent for NC 23-25 skin while Satin Nude works for N/NC 27-30 skin and Golden Beige is perfect for NC 25-27 skin. Currently Satin Nude is a befitting match (see images at the end this post for how it looks on my skin) but I may move to Golden Beige when winter hits and my skin is at its absolute lightest. 

I hope you find the swatches below insightful...truly, this foundation is exemplary; let me know if I can help you in determining a match!

Swatches in outdoor lighting. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
A side-by-side comparison of La Prairie Nude Satin (my current match) with my classic (yet, now soon-to-be-discontinued) match, Amber Beige. Both work well for NC 27-30 skin. 
A worthy splurge. 
*Tom Ford Lip Color
In what seemed like a beautifully covert manner (I love makeup surprises), Tom Ford released new  shades in the permanent collection in both matte and cream finishes. My latest *Tom Ford Lip Color and Matte Lip Color (also available at Beautylish and Neiman Marcus) procurements include: 

  • *Naked Ambition: A pale nude beige; it's lovely for a super subtle look or to lighten an existing lip color shade. 
  • *Erogenous: A peachy nude...very Valley of the Dolls.
  • Paper Doll: A perfect cool pink with plenty of opacity and a reasonable amount of shine.
  • *Sugar Glider: A mauve-nude cream...perfect for fall.
  • *Discretion: A lush aubergine...vampy yet wearable.
  • *The Perfect Kiss: A strawberry cream hue that works on a spectrum of skin tones. I am fast becoming a die-hard proponent of this shade. **Worn in the images at the end of this post
  • *Foxfire: A vibrant orange-red that flatters olive skin tones.
*Tom Ford Lip Color
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in outdoor shade. 
From L-R: Naked Ambition, Erogenous, Paper Doll, Sugar Glider, Discretion, The Perfect Kiss and Foxfire.
*ICONIC London Ultimate Face Set
I became familiar with ICONIC London when I visited the UK in September and have since  become increasingly intrigued with its strong beauty offerings. Replete with 12 rose-gold brushes that embody the a beguiling balance of style and substance, the *ICONIC London Ultimate Face Set comes in its own blush nude case for portability.

The vegan brushes are extremely soft and blend makeup like a dream; I am particularly partial to the fluffy tapered powder brush and medium angled shader, though all twelve perform at maximum levels!

Keep an eye out for my review of the ICONIC London Illuminators next...they are stunning, indeed.
Official details, courtesy of Cult Beauty:
  • Featuring 12 ultra-luxe pearl-gold brushes – each complete with high-shine ‘stiletto’ handles – this is the ultimate brush set for make up mavens on the quest for total face perfection. With every eye and face tool you could hope for – including contour and fan brushes – in a powder pink faux leather case, this contains everything you need to master any make up look.
  • DESCRIPTION
    Starring 12 of the most striking, dramatic brushes we’ve laid eyes on, ICONIC London’s Ultimate Brush Set contains everything you need to make the most of all your make up. With luxe pearl-gold, high-shine ‘stiletto’ handles and soft, 100% vegan brush heads, there’s a brush for your every application need in this covetable kit. There’s a Large Powder brush for loose or pressed powder, a Tapered Powder brush for loose or pressed bronzer, a Foundation Buffer for buffing and blending, a Contour Buffer for sculpting, an Angled Powder brush for bronzer and blusher, a Concealer blender to camouflage imperfections, a Flat Fan Brush for highlighting and removing fall out, a Large Shader for evenly applying shadows, a Medium Angled Shader for brows and crease blending, a Tapered Blending Brush for blending colour, a Small Angle Brush for applying liner and – last but not least – a Small Point Brush for applying liner and filling and defining brows

12 brushes for every need. 
*ICONIC London Ultimate Face Set
*Oribe Dry Styling Set
Excellent for keeping one's tresses fresh and full, the *Oribe Dry Styling Set includes the gold standard in dry shampoo and texturing spray. Apropos for gifting, this set is infused with the legendary Oribe fragrance (I am mentally transported to somewhere in the South of France with every spritz) and extreme performance. 

The invisible dry shampoo refreshes hair without weighing it down and texture spray is brilliant for adding movement and volume to limp locks. The power pair is well worth the pursuit!

Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:

About Dry Styling Set
Double the glam. This set inlcudes two full sized cult favorites – volumizing Dry Texturizing Spray and blowout-extending Gold Lust Dry Shampoo. 
Other Details
  • Set Dimensions: 6.25” x 10.25"" x 2.5"
  • Dry Texurizing Spray: 8.5 fl oz
  • Gold Lust Dry Shampoo: 6 oz
Always within reach.
The Complete Look.
// THE COMPLETE LOOK // 

  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation in Satin Nude: Just a quarter-sized amount--blended with a dampened sponge--provides medium full coverage that lasts all day.
  • *Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light (reviewed HERE): I am still over the moon for this weightless and glowy bronzer...it adeptly contours and adds warmth and simply cannot be overdone. 
  • *Tom Ford Illuminating Duo in Reflects Gilt (reviewed HERE): I am on compact #2 and likely will pick up a third...swept along the high points of my face, the peachy golden glow is radiant yet natural.
  • *Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat in 04 Peach (also available at Sephora and reviewed HERE): Still on heavy rotation, this luminous peach hue performs well as an all over wash of waterproof, incandescent color. I suspect it will forever be in my makeup bag.
  • *Gucci Smoky Impact Eyeliner in Iconic Black: I wear a swipe of this along my lower water line nearly every single day and still have barely made a dent in this pencil...Gucci Iconic Black for life. 
  • *Chantecaille Full Brow Perfecting Gel in Dark (reviewed HERE): Each time I wear this new brow formula, I am continually impressed by how well it depends and defines by brows, adding long-lasting volume and hold...so good.
  • *IT Superhero Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats, per usual, for long, full and fluffy lashes. 
  • *Sara Happ Lip Airbrush Plump and Prime: I am so taken by this lip product; don't let the look confuse you. Although it may appear to be a nude gloss, it truly is a primer that makes lips look smooth. I struggle with dry lips that show texture so the first time I applied this new formula, I was stunned by how airbrushed they looked. My lipstick goes on like a velvet dream and the plumping effect, though subtle, is apparent. It also extends the life of my lip color, keeping my lips from drying out or flaking over time. It is truly superb!
  • *Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in The Perfect Kiss: This strawberry shade is SO outside of my comfort zone but I am very impressed with it; in a red-meets-rose with magnificent opacity, this (technically) matte formula leans towards a creamy finish, wears evenly and lasts all day. I also love that its vibrance allows me to wear minimal makeup on the rest of my face. 
  • *Oribe Dry Styling Set: I am an every-other-day washer and this luxe duo keeps my hair feeling clean while adding texture that ultimately contributes to more volume and dimension. It's invaluable pairing for those seeking the best that haircare can offer.
  • *VotreVu Bebe Duette Lip Balm + Tarte d'Amande Hand Cream: This genius moisturizer duo hydrates while smelling divine and the adorable lip balm on the top cap further enhances its utilitarian nature. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Sara Happ Lip Airbrush Plump and Prime
Lip mix. 
A glimpse of my backyard whimsy...life-size unicorns and yoga-posing garden gnomes are the norm, right? 
The following images reflect all products in action in natural sunlight...

Applying *Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in The Perfect Kiss

The easy eye look.

*Jeffrey Campbell Kovacs Flared Heel Bootie
// STYLE NOTES  //

  • *Equipment France Adalyn Silk Shirt in Soleil: On major sale, this gorgeous silk shirt possesses just the right pop of color while still being entirely wearable. 
  • *Jeffrey Campbell Kovacs Flared Heel Bootie: I picked up these booties late last week and am duly smitten. I rarely purchase boots in shades that aren't black or tan but this olive pair--with its 2 1/2-inch wood and Lucite heels--was calling my name. The leather is super soft and and buttery and they are wildly comfortable with a fresh yet vintage, 1960s flair. In terms of size, they seem to run small; I typically wear a 7 and found the 8 to be a perfect fit so bump an whole size up!
*Jeffrey Campbell Kovacs Flared Heel Bootie



To (mis)quote a famous phrase, I wish someone looked at me the way that I look at lipstick ; ) 
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this swatch-heavy discussion of the new shade releases from *La Prairie and *Tom Ford as well as discoveries from *ICONIC London, Oribe and Sara Happ; I am always striving to bring you a thorough and personalized experience with luxury beauty! 

As mentioned last week, if you are in the Orlando area on 11/4, please considering RSVPing for the Backstage Beauty event at Neiman Marcus...I'll be co-hosting with my friend Tim Quinn and I would truly love to meet you there.  

Please let me know if you think you might attend! All relevant details are below:


Good things ahead, including an overview of the By Terry Holiday 2017 Collection and a host of fresh product procurements! 

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

 **PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Natasha Denona Holiday 2017, the Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Trio and New Lipstick from Pat McGrath


New launches from Natasha Denona
Ever innovative yet completely wearable, I am a massive fan of the Natasha Denona line. Much to my excitement, this month delivered a couple of fresh ND launches including the *Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 Holiday Edition in Joya and Aeris (also available at Sephora) as well as the  *Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat (also available at Sephora) in four face-flattering shades. 

Today's post is dedicated to these launches as well as resplendent newness from Kevyn Aucoin, Pat McGrath and Decorte...additionally, keep reading for an upcoming Beauty Professor beauty event! 


Kindly scroll for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
Joya.
The *Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 Holiday Edition in Joya and Aeris (also available at Sephora) are a delightful take on the holiday season; rife with bronzes, peaches, golds and cranberries, the two limited-edition palettes feature intense color payoff in a stunning range of finishes. 

Each hue is infinitely beautiful and blendable and even though the shades are undeniably vibrant, they are effortless (and fun!) to wear, making Joya and Aeris apropos for daytime looks and holiday evenings alike. 

Joya Shades
  • Peach Gold 135 DC: Pink peach with a golden duo-chrome finish
  • Fuchsia 136 CP: Bright fuchsia with a cream-powder texture and a classic matte finish
  • Gold 137 CP: Yellow gold with a cream-powder texture and a metallic finish
  • Red Grape 138 M: Deep berry maroon with a metallic finish
  • Star Bronze 139 CP: Rosy bronze with a cream-powder texture and a sparkling finish
Aeris.
  • Aeris Shades
  • Nude 140 CP: Sheer peachy beige with a cream-powder texture and a sparkling finish
  • Red Bronze 141 K: Deep red bronze with a sparkling duo-chrome finish
  • Burnt Terracotta 142 CM: Burnt clay orange with a classic matte finish
  • Ice Blue 143 CP: Silvery blue with a cream-powder texture and a sparkling finish
  • Peach Bronze 144 CP: Sheer copper peach with a cream-powder texture and a sparkling finish
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in outdoor lighting. 
Official details, courtesy of Beautylish

  • Discover the next generation of eye shadow with Natasha’s new cream-powder formula, which combines the pigment-rich coverage of a cream and the long-lasting, crease-free wear of a powder
  • Choose from matte, metallic, sparkling, and duo-chrome shades—all effortlessly buildable and blendable—to design your own creative eye looks
  • Super-saturated pigments deliver intense color payoff that stays vibrant from pan to skin. No fading, creasing, or smudging—even without primer
For this eye look, I applied the Peach Gold and and Star Bronze from the Joya palette and then blended Ice Blue from the Aeris palette along my lash line. I added additional luminosity with a touch of the Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Peach.  
*The Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat

Also new from Natasha Denona are four shades in the *Chroma Crystal Top Coat formula (also available at Sephora), which, fortunately, will become a part of the permanent line. These fascinating    and glimmering hues can be worn alone (of which I am a fan) or over powder shadow to punctuate the intensity. 

Texturally, the lightweight cream-meets-powder formula feels cool to the touch and offers a gossamer cloak of color that performs well as an all-over wash of color while being a perfectly powerful companion to traditional powder eyeshadow. The waterproof formula can also be worn on the lips to transform lip color and, because the shimmer is so refined, it works well on a variety of skin types and tones.

My favorite of the four shades is Peach, which I have been wearing multiple times a week...it instantly brightens up the eyes while still translating as relaxed and carefree; combined with the deeper, more opaque Bronze and pale Nude (up to the brow bone) and eyes look pristinely polished. I cannot recommend the  *Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat enough! 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of Beautylish

About Chroma Crystal Top Coat
Add crystal-like shine to eyes, lips, and skin with this multipurpose sparkling topcoat. Packed with crushed pearls, chroma crystals, and weightless emollients for a creamy feel, Chroma Crystal Top Coat slips over skin to leave behind a shimmery, glassy sheen that won’t crease or fade throughout the day.
Why It's Special
  • Pure pigments, real crushed pearls, and prismatic chroma crystals create a lustrous, glass-like sheen
  • The cool-touch formula glides on easily and sets in seconds, locking your look into place for all-day, crease-proof wear
  • Apply to bare eyelids, as an eye shadow topper, or on top of lipstick for a dazzling shimmer effect
How to Use
Tap onto skin with your finger for intense payoff. You can also use a brush for a more sheer effect.
Other Details
  • Size: 5 x 0.08 oz / 2.26 g
  • Waterproof
  • Paraben-free
  • Oil-free
  • Cruelty-free
Swatches in outdoor lighting. 

*Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Trio Palette
The *Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Trio Palette (reviewed individually HERE and also available at Sephora) possesses everything necessary to create a full face; the three mini palettes are magnetized, enabling them to be separated should you wish to just keep one or two in your makeup bag. 

Capri is a marvelous melange of pale gold, neutral pink and lush bronze for a custom warmth and flush, the cool lavender radiance of Ibiza is singularly pretty and the Neo-Setting Powder is finely milled to invisible oblivion, running the gamut from matte translucent to incandescent and glowy for an ethereal complexion. 

The *Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Trio Palette is a spectacular way to capitalize on both efficacy and portability and provides an excellent foray into the Neo range.

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: A three-in-one palette featuring everything you need to bronze, highlight and set.
What it does: This magnetic palette features the best-selling The Neo-Bronzer in Capri, The Neo-Limelight in Ibiza and The Neo-Setting Powder. Use them together or take them apart for travel. They're infused with light-diffusing pigments to enhance and perfect the skin, creating radiant luminosity.
The *Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Trio Palettes comes in a handy clear zipper pouch for the ultimate in portability. 
From L-R: Capri, Ibiza and Neo-Setting Powder. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight.

From L-R: Pat McGrath Lipstick in 1995, Sextrology and Donatella. 
I was intrigued by the new Pat McGrath Lipsticks the second they launched in-store in my local Sephora and, upon swatching, picked out three pinky nude hues in mere moments. I embraced the MatteTrance Lipstick in 1995 (a rich nude beige with magnificent opacity) and LuxeTrance Lipstick in Sextrology and Donatella (a creamy peachy pink and neutral beige, respectively). 

The color payoff of these lipsticks is insane...full coverage and a creamy finish are complemented by fantastic hydration and significant lasting power. My favorite of my three selections is Sextrology (odd name, but fabulous color) because it's an extremely wearable peachy pink that still resides in neutral territory. The velvet matte nature of 1995 is lush and flattering and Donatella is a sublime incarnation of pure beige for a peerless 1960s look. 

All in all, I am completely impressed with the Pat McGrath Lipsticks and suspect you will be as well!
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
From L-R: 1995, Sextrology and Donatella.
Applying Sextrology. 
Swatches in direct sunlight.
The complete face. 
// The Complete Face //
  • *Decorte Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32 in 03 Medium: This brand new liquid wonder from Decorte is a stunning first step to a beautifully even canvas; it imparts sheer to light coverage (03 Medium is fabulous for N/NC 25-35 skin) and glowy illumination that perfectly primes skin for the make up to come.  For minimal makeup days (perhaps when you might skip foundation) the demure veil coverage this creates is exceptional. 
Official details, courtesy of Saks:

Double perfection. This gorgeous, fluid-light formula brings glowing vitality to the complexion. Weightless coverage visibly sweeps away lines, discoloration, wrinkles, pores, imperfections and other signs of fatigue to create a pure, even-toned complexion with just the right touch of luminosity. A gentle, just-there tint tops it all off. A hint of color so subtle, a gentleman could wear it and not be caught. SHAKE WELL prior to use. Paraben-free. 1.7 fl. oz. Made in Japan.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...

Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipstick in Sextrology on the lips in all subsequent images.




Style notes. 
// Style Notes //



Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this breakdown of the gorgeous new *Natasha Denona launches...as aforementioned, I've been wearing the *Peach Chroma Crystal Top Coat nonstop since receiving! 

Additionally, the *Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Trio Palette,*Decorte Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32 in 03 Medium and Pat McGrath Lipsticks have become integral parts of my routine as of late.

What, in particular, caught YOUR eye? Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including an overview of the By Terry Holiday Collection and so much more!


Also, if you are going to be near the Orlando area on 11/4, you are invited to the Backstage Beauty event that I'll be hosting with Armani Beauty's Tim Quinn at Neiman Marcus Orlando. I would absolutely love to meet you! RSVP details are above.

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

 **PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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