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Guerlain is the leader when it comes to elevating lipstick to the absolute symbol of femininity and seduction – not just in today’s world but since the time when lipstick first came into the public limelight – before that, lipstick was considered as an object to be applied in secrecy and was always kept in covers. Fast-forward to January 2021, Guerlain has launched their first makeup product of this year and it is a lipstick. Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte is the new luminous matte lipstick which is said (by the brand) to be as tender as a kiss.

Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte review swatches

Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte is a very lightweight lipstick but very pigmented. The lipstick has impressive longevity. I was curious about why ‘tender’ – the reason is the tender formula which offers a very lightweight, bare-lipped and moisture with comfort sensation without drying the lips. There are three active ingredients in the formula hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and rose petal extract that not only keep the lips comfortable and moisturized but also provides treatment to the lips while imparting a very nice pigment.

Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte review swatches

“The light, delicate scent of a vanilla “floriental” leaves its incomparable mark on KissKiss. Top notes sparkle with a lemon, orange and bergamot accord. The rose and iris heart exudes sweetness. The vanilla and tonka bean dry-down gives KissKiss all of its intensity.”

Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte review swatches
Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte (l to r) – 219, 775, 940

Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte is available in 15 tender matte shades that range from nude to rosewood, pink to coral and red. An interesting thing about the numbering of the Tender Matte lipsticks is that each of the 15 tender shades boasts its own lucky number.

Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte review swatches
Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte (l to r) – 219, 775, 940

I have swatched 3 shades of this newest lipstick:

219 Tender Rose – a tender rosewood shade that symbolizes eternal love

775 Kiss Rouge – a delicate poppy red that states an unequivocal ‘kiss me’

940 My Rouge – a deep red that translates to ‘i love you’

Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte review swatches

I have to say both the formula and the pigment is stunning. The formula is comfortable to wear and is worth having in your collection if you love good luminous matte lips. Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte and Guerlain Beauty Products including Fragrances are available at Guerlain BoutiquesHudson’s BayShoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.

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Nars has launched the Holiday 2020 Collection and it is very stunning. The collection is comprised of everything from bestsellers to the most loved products in shades suitable for almost all skin tones – everything in a limited-edition holiday packaging. I have a few picks from the collection that I want to share with you – Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

Iconic Glow Cheek Duo is a blush and bronzer duo in a limited edition oversized compact featuring the best selling blush in a peachy-pink shade ‘Orgasm’ and bronzer in cult-classic shade Laguna.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

I have shared about both the blush and bronzer in these specific shades – many times on my blog and Instagram – they are truly iconic shades. The formula is weightless, blends nicely, and easily buildable. Nars Iconic Glow Cheek Duo is available at beautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, shoppersdrugmart.ca, and narscosmetics.ca.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

Undress Code Lip Balm Set is a limited edition, holiday-themed set that features one full-size lip balm and three mini lip balms. I have these lip balm in rotation in my everyday routine and really like them. It gives a little sensation to the lips while giving a sheer tint and shine. The formula is nourishing and keeps the lips smooth and comfortable.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

Below are the shades:

Orgasm (full-size) – sheer peachy pink with golden shimmer

Dolce Vita (mini) – sheer dusty rose

Fast Lane (mini) – sheer mauve nude

Laguna (mini) – sheer shimmering bronze

Undress Code Lip Balm Set is available at Sephora, sephora.ca, and narcosmetics.ca.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

VIP Audacious Lipstick in shade ‘Barbara‘ is one of the five best-selling shades of Audacious Lipstick in a limited-edition holiday theme. Barbara is a tan rose shade in the limited edition gold packaging.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

The lipstick is very creamy and lightweight, applies smoothly and evenly to deliver a high pigment with very impressive longevity without bleeding or feathering. VIP Audacious Lipsticks are available at sephora.ca, Sephora, Nordstrom, Nordstrom.ca, Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com, and narscosmetics.ca.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

Mini Brush Set is a holiday-themed brush set featuring four mini brushes in a limited-edition makeup bag. The four mini brushes are Blush Brush, Highlighter Brush, Allover Shader Brush, Crease Blending Brush. The brushes are very soft and work very well – for every day as well as perfect on the go essentials. Mini Brush Set is available at Nordstrom, nordstrom.com, and narscosmetics.ca.

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Chantecaille has launched their holiday collection for 2020 and it is just so beautiful. The collection includes 2 new shades of their best selling eyeshadows ‘Luminescent Eye Shade’ and there is a new lip product ‘Le Matte Stylo’ launched as part of holiday 2020. Every Chantecaille launch – be it for makeup, skincare, or fragrance – brings with it a whole new story and cause behind that specific launch.

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

For Holiday 2020, Luminescent Eye Shade has two new shades Crane (Smokey Burgundy) and Zebra (Rose Gold). Every single shimmery Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade echoes the earthy beauty of African wildlife while helping to support endangered species across the continent. I love the gel-powder formula with a beautiful soft texture of Luminescent Eye Shade.

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

They are infused with pearl particles that make the eyeshadow even more beautiful with its light-catching feature that washes the eye with multi-dimensional shimmer. The eyeshadow has a cream-like finish that is easily buildable from a sheer day look to an intense look for the evening.

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

“A symbol of wealth and longevity, the Grey Crowned Crane is endangered by the illegal pet trade and habitat loss. Chantecaille is working with the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association in saving the country’s cranes by removing them from captivity and rewilding them and campaigning to fight the illegal trade of birds and their eggs.

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

The Grevy’s Zebra is one of Africa’s most endangered mammals, with only 3,000 left in the wild, nearly all in Northern Kenya. Chantecaille is working with  Grevy’s Zebra Trust that works with women, elders, warriors, and youth to monitor populations, protect zebras from poaching, and restore healthy grasslands for grazing.”

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo
Le Matte Stylo (L to R) – Meadowsweet, Snapdragon, Lobelia, Aster

Chantecaille has launched a new lip product Le Matte Stylo in four everyday shades. Le Matte Stylo is a self-sharpening swivel-up lip crayon that is very lightweight and glides easily on the lips. This velvety matte lip formula is very comfortable and not drying at all. The formula has a nourishing and creamy feel to it. The formula is very pigmented, does not smudge, and longevity is impressive. Below are the four shades:

Meadowsweet – nude pink

Snapdragon – soft peachy pink

Lobelia – fiery orange red

Aster – sophisticated bright rose

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

Overall, I am really impressed with the launches – very practical products and can be used not just for the holidays but throughout the year. Chantecaille products including the Holiday Collection is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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