Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection - Face Palette - Swatches

Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Collection Face Palette Swatches
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection - Face Palette ($52) at Sephora

Even an under-the-rock dweller in the fringes of the makeup world would know all about the Becca - Jaclyn Hill collaboration and the much-raved-about Champagne Pop highlighter.  The highlighter being such a favorite, the two teamed up for another collection, this time to include palettes with eyeshadows and blushes mixed in.  I tried out the blush-highlighter palette that is still available at Sephora, and got some swatches to share.  The palette has a beautiful white and gold packaging on the outside, luxurious gold inside and includes a huge mirror on one side.  There are  3 blushes and 2 highlighters in the palette.  The blushes are a mix of matte (2 mineralized blushes Amaretto and Pamplemousse) and luminous blush in Rose Spritz.  The two highlighters are Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop.  Scroll on for swatches.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette ($42) at Sephora

Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes have always been among some of my favorites, both in terms of quality of the eyeshadows as well as the well-coordinated colors included in these palettes. The new Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette is another winner from the brand.  The 14-shade eyeshadow palette features a mix of neutral colors with warm browns and even a bright crimson shade.   The eyeshadows are soft, smooth, oh-so-pigmented and can be mixed and matched for a range of looks from daytime to neutrals to sophisticated, dark smokey eyes for the night.  The palette has a generous-sized mirror on one side and includes a double-sided brush in the packaging, making this perfect for travel or just having in the bag.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipsticks - Swatches

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipsticks - Swatches
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipsticks ($32 each) at Nordstrom

Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire collection is a recent launch here in the US, and I finally found it at my local Nordstrom this weekend.  As the name suggests, the collection is an extension of - or inspired by - Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire perfume.  The packaging features a clear top, much like that of the perfume bottle, and unlike the testers in the photo above, the lipsticks are housed in black tubes with clear caps (the actual lipstick is seen in a corner in the above pic).  The collection also includes nail colors to mix and match with the lipsticks.  The lipstick formula is quite balm-like, lightweight, and shiny.  A lot of brands have similar lipsticks, but I liked the bright yet easy-to-wear colors in the Guerlain range - these are just the sort I love to wear this time of the year.  Of the colors I tried, only 3 had some shimmer to it - 012 Python Bag, 007 Black Perfecto, and 013 Leather Blazer - but the shimmer particles are quite fine and not very obvious in swatches.  Scroll on for more photos.

Chanel Dans La Lumiere de L’Ete Summer 2016 Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches

Chanel Dans La Lumiere de L’Ete Summer 2016 Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches
Chanel Dans La Lumiere De L'Ete Summer 2016 Makeup Collection at Nordstrom

Chanel Summer 2016 - Dans La Lumiere De L'Ete - makeup collection celebrates the colors of a desert oasis with bronzed metallics and shimmery greens.  The collection includes 5 nail colours, 2 versions of the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour powders in a contour and blush format, as well as some glosses and eye makeup products.  I spotted some of the products at my local Nordstrom and snagged swatches to share here.  Scroll on for more.

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks - Photos, Swatches

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks - Cream Eyeshadows Pencils - Swatches
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks ($22 each) at Nordstrom

I have always been a bit skeptical about cream eyeshadows - the oh-so-convenient, slather on and forget miracles - and with good reason.  Up until recently, most cream eyeshadows that I have tried have been nothing short of terrible.  Smudgey, crease-prone, shimmery nightmares!  Looks like the geeks at makeup HQs all around the world have been working at solving this issue, and the newer versions of cream eyeshadows have been quite impressive.  My favorites are the longwear eyeshadow sticks that a lot of brands have been coming out with, and the new MAC Pro Longwear Colour sticks are a welcome addition to the trend.  These jumbo cream eyeshadow sticks (that's what I call these "colour sticks") are easy to carry around, are quick and easy to apply, and the pencils are retractable.  No need to stock up on (and then promptly lose) sharpeners.  MAC claims these pencils are long-wearing and waterproof with medium to full coverage (sounds more like a foundation to me), and I must say, going by what I swatched in stores these pencils definitely live up to those claims.  I had a minor panic attack because the swatches just won't budge off my hand.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.