New Release: Chanel — Rouge Noir Absolument Collection (Winter 2015)

Chanel Winter 2015 collection Rouge Noir Absolument

Collection: Chanel 2015 Winter, Rouge Noir Absolument

Chanel’s new collection for winter 2015 is Rouge Noir Absolument, which includes the classic Rouge Noir, as well as two new lacquers:

  • Rouge Noir (18) Le Vernis
  • Rose Fusion (757) Le Vernis
  • Rouge Noir Le Top Coat Lamé, a “tri-phase” top coat

Here’s the link to the full collection, which also includes some stunning lip and eye shades. I think I’m liking the new eye colors best! Rose Fusion looks way too frosty for my taste, and I’m not overly into glitter top coats. And Rouge Noir is already in my collection.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Red Satin, swatch

China Glaze — Nail Lacquer — Red Satin

Collection: China Glaze 2012 Winter, Holiday Joy

I recently picked up a three-pack of holiday-ready China Glaze nail lacquers from Winners, and the first of the set is Red Satin (80645), a basic true red cream with a clean look. It’s midtoned, but on the lighter and brighter side.

I didn’t find it especially satin-y—it’s more of a glossy, candy cane red with a slight jelly finish.

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New Release: MAC — Dark Desires Collection (Winter 2015)

MAC Winter 2015 collection Dark Desires promo

Collection: MAC 2015 Winter, Dark Desires

MAC’s new collection for winter 2015 is Dark Desires, which includes two new Studio Nail Lacquers:

  • 6inch Stilettos, a blackened blue
  • Unzipped, a blackened green

I’d post the promo pics, but they both look pretty close to black!

Here’s the link to the full collection.

Essie Nail Polish in With the Band, swatch

Essie — Nail Polish — With the Band

Collection: Essie 2015 Fall

At first glance, today’s polish isn’t a standout in Essie’s Fall 2015 collection. The first time I saw the whole set, I instantly picked out Frock ‘n Roll (which turned out a little disappointing) and Leggy Legend (massive love), and didn’t look back. The next time I came across the set, I was moved to pick Bell-Bottom Blues (which I’m wearing now and will hopefully review later this week or next) and With the Band. I’m now convinced that I need to return to grab the remaining two from this collection—Color Binge and In the Lobby—before they go out of stock, just in case either of those two cream finish shades is as fab as this one is…

Essie describes With the Band (934) as a “toasted spice burgundy”. It’s a mid-deep red cream with a curiously cool berry undertone coupled with a stronger, hot chili.

Fresno chili peppers
Fresno chili peppers. Image:

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (November 23, 2015)

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, Murale, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • FYI is on (referral link) at 5% (not sure if it’s normal or a Black Friday special, though). They are also now carrying brands like Bioderma, Bourjois, Marcelle, No7, Orlane, Paul & Joe, skyn ICELAND, Soap & Glory, and Vasanti online.
  • Receive 20x the Optimum Points when you spend $75 or more

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • Hudson’s Bay GWP: receive a free evening clutch in your choice of color (black, silver, blue) with a $120 beauty purchase. If you spend $350 on a beauty purchase, receive a “beautiful gift box with signature crest”.
  • Clinique PWP: Best of Clinique 8-Piece Set ($190 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase

    Clinique Best Of GWP November 2015
    Clinique PWP. Image:
  • Burberry GWP: Free Mini Kisses Satin Lipstick (in your choice of several shades) with any $125 Burberry makeup purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase RENERGIE GWP October 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image:
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish @ $8.50 (reg. $17.00; this has been going on for months as Illamasqua is clearing out; available shades: Peruzzi).
  • Lancôme PWP: Holiday Blockbuster Set in Warm or Cool ($308 value) is $67 with any Lancôme purchase

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Essie Nail Polish in Angora Cardi, swatch

Essie — Nail Polish — Angora Cardi

Collection: Essie 2009 Fall, Cuddle with Color

Today’s polish is from a Fall 2009 collection, so it almost works for Throwback Thursday, but not quite (I’ve arbitrarily decided that Throwback polishes have to be seven years old).

Angora Cardi (700) is described by Essie as a “creamy, deep dusty rose”. It’s a midtone mauve, which is nicely balanced between red, violet and taupe. I think of it as a subdued raisin.

Mauve is actually named for the mallow flower, Malva (mauve in French). The flower itself simply appears to be a light purple, but the reason we now think of mauve as a more subdued shade is that mauve dye, originally named Tyrian purple, faded easily, and that color became associated with the word mauve.

Wilde Malve
“Wilde Malve”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. Image:

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Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Black Cherry / Cerise noire, swatch

Yves Rocher — Botanical Colour Nail Polish — Black Cherry / Cerise noire

Collection: Yves Rocher 2015 Summer, Botanical Colour Nail Polish [Launch]

So, I’ve been completely smitten by Yves Rocher’s new line of Botanical Colour Nail Polish and I’ve taken advantage of their many sales and ordered even more colors. I mean, they end up coming in at around CA$3 a pop. What’s not to love?

Black Cherry / Cerise noire (43) is a deep, burgundy red velvet cream. It qualifies as vampy, but it’s not blackened, so it still reads as deep red even in dim light.

Black cherry clafoutis
I haven’t made a clafoutis in ages! I guess I have to wait until next summer for cherries, which also gives me time to find my missing cherry pitter. Image & recipe:

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