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May 2, 2017

Window Dressing with Chanel, Gucci, Cle de Peau and Dior


In this post I shall focus on three eye makeup items that are high on impact, well formulated and easy to use. Neither of the three are particularly new, however, they sit solidly inside of their respective brands, doing what they are meant to do. Thus, Chanel mascara Le Volume de Chanel in Noir, Gucci Luminous Perfecting Concealer in 050 and Dior Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil in Universal Dark Brown commands attention in this post. In addition, I shall also do a comparison of the Gucci Luminous Perfecting Concealer to the award-winning Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer.

Chanel- Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir

I fell deeply and madly in love with this mascara after trying sample sizes that accompanied other Chanel purchases. Introduced around 2013, this mascara is a proper black that gives a bit of patent leather shine. With Chanel’s own ‘snowflake’ design brush, this mascara would be especially brilliant if you have short or sparse lashes in need of embellishment.

Housed in a standard tube with the Chanel logo at the top of the cap, this mascara fulfils the desire for fuller, longer lashes that eliminates the need for falsies unless you truly seek that. Easy to layer without clumping and without teeny bits appearing in between the lashes, if you have a casual day ahead or are just doing errands, one coat is absolutely sufficient to make you look pulled-together. Delivery of the product comes via a wand that makes me think of an artificial Christmas tree that has just been removed from its container, where the branches are yet to be stretched out to their full length. In this instance, this is a good thing because the shape of the bristles allows ease in gripping each lash and delivering the mascara formula evenly. Two coats give me the level of coverage I desire, plus I am able to get several hours of wear without flaking or clumping.

Removal is very simple whilst the scent lacks the horrific industrial adhesive scent some mascaras have. The formula contains natural waxes along with acacia gum that is meant to hold the curl and the shape of the lash throughout the day or night. According to Chanel’s website, the formula also contains ‘film-forming agents’ that also intensifies the volume imparted to eyelashes. If you enjoy other shades of mascara, this formula also comes in Écorces (brown) and Blue Night.

Gucci Luminous Perfecting Concealer 050

As we cycle through the decades, it seems nature plays a cruel trick on us where the list of things we look for in a concealer grows and grows. If one has dry skin, it’s that much more of a tall order to find a formula that hydrates, covers, brightens and lasts. Not long ago, I threw out a number of concealers that were past their prime and no longer met my skin’s needs. I’m down to just two now, so we begin with the newer of the two concealers.

Gucci Luminous Concealer comes in a click pen with a brush head. There are pros and cons to concealers that are packaged like this, plus you know off the bat that it’s unlikely to be sufficient to cover major spots or other long-term residential imperfections on the skin. On the other hand, it’s nifty for a targeted application if you couldn’t be bothered with a separate brush. Formulated with light reflecting properties and offering a brightening effect and finish, this is a highly user-friendly product that eliminates the need for certified makeup artist skills.

With this concealer I get about five hours of true wear until I decide to top up a bit. It is indeed a hydrating formula but my dry skin eventually drinks away everything, including masks that are meant to be wiped away but that’s another story. I’d recommend this concealer for a skin type that does not have deep, genetic or hormonal dark circles. Many times, such skin types require a thicker formula that is more likely to come in a pot. Otherwise, if you’re in search of a concealer that gets right to work in covering the under-eye area and other light spots, this is the one. It’s also easy to toss into your purse and if you spend much of your existence on an aeroplane, this is a top pick. The third photograph on the grid below shows the concealer blended into my skin. Gucci Luminous Concealer can be accessed in six shades. The shade I have in 050 looks like it would not work for a deeper skin tone but the formulation is such that it blends right in, especially if one has yellow undertones.

Dior Brow Styler Brow Pencil in Universal Dark Brown

At this point, I think there are sufficient eyebrow products floating around the beauty market to create a new language. But as a consumer, despite what the advertisements tout and promise, only you know exactly what works for your eyebrows. Added to that, the advent of microblading, where individual hairs are essentially tattooed onto the skin will now further re-shape the eyebrow category. I’m certified to do eyebrows and it’s fascinating the variation in shapes, the fact that pairs never match, the different natural textures there are and more than anything, the power that eyebrows wield on the face.

Knowing what I now know, if I had the powers of a Time-Lord I would travel back in time and revert my eyebrows to the way they were. Within the past few years, I’ve stopped tweezing them as much as I used to. Now I do it every few months only to remove a strand or two to maintain the shape. Specifically, for the past two years I was devoted to an eyebrow pencil from a brand I absolutely adore. Then, after reading an article by a beauty journalist I respect and admire, she mentioned this one from Dior as being precise and thin enough to mimic hairs. Right she was indeed, as I have been immensely satisfied with everything about this pencil. For my complexion, the Dior Brow Styler in Dark Brown is an excellent match. The pencil itself is thin enough to fill in hairs with ease. Thinner than a standard pencil, this one feels exceedingly comfortable between the fingers making it easy to wield and manoeuvre. The spoolie at the bottom eliminates the need for a separate brush, plus this is a twist up so once you’ve finished using the pencil, you twist it back down and that’s it. In the photograph below I’ve done three stripes to show that this is a buildable pencil, so whether you prefer a light fill or a thick fill, Dior Brow Styler delivers that.

A comparison between Gucci Luminous Perfecting Concealer and Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

I’ll get straight to it and say that the Clé de Peau Beauté concealer is thicker than the Gucci Luminous Perfecting Concealer. Of the two, Clé de Peau is more opaque and is better suited to covering more than the under-eye area. Plus, the formula is a touch softer than Gucci’s. Both concealers blend out with the utmost ease for quick absorption into the skin. Gucci’s finish is brighter, and also works nicely on the inner corners of the eyes and beneath the eyebrows if you do that.

On my skin, wear time with Clé de Peau Beauté clocks in at around six hours. No matter what I use, I think as one gets older, the only way a concealer would likely clock in at eight or more solid hours is if it’s a close relation to cement. Both brands are in dire need of shade expansions, as I use the second to last darkest shade from Gucci, while in Clé de Peau Beauté I use the darkest shade.

Both concealers are solid performers with no polarising attributes setting them apart, except for the thirty dollar difference with Gucci being the less expensive of the two. Although both swatches look quite different, in the second photograph where I’ve blended them out, the finish is exceedingly similar except for the luminosity from Gucci.

Every one of these items brings life to, cover, brighten and enhances the eyes and by extension, the skin. Of our five senses, sight is key, intrinsic, a busybody receiving messages and also, eyes are a messenger. Armed with this knowledge, it’s worth it to dress your eyes well.



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