So what? Sure, this pic has been photo-rouged but I love Miss Gabrielle’s look. Who doesn’t want the look of Coco Chanel?

FACE: Coco is porcelain perfect in this pic. We can’t get this smooth look without the help of somebody that is very handy with a computer 🙂 First, apply concealer where needed. Illamasqua Concealer is a good do it all product. Apply a matte finish powder in your shade. Try something like Chanel Double Perfection Natural Matte Compact Powder. Cheeks are super sheer. Apply a sheer powder blush in a slightly sable shade. Try something like Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Blush in Silky Sable (not pictured) or Larenim Blush in Innocence.

EYES: Brows are sleek and a bit exaggerated. Fill in brows if necessary with a brow pencil like Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows in your shade. Brush an ivory shade from lash line to brows. I like Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eyeshadow Single in Tusk. Brush a matte sable brown like Clinique Colour Surge Stay Matte Eye Shadow in Sable (not pictured). Line top lashes with a black eyeliner pencil like Avon Mineral Eye Liner in Onyx. Curl lashes and apply mascara.

LIPS: This look is all about a bold, fearless red lip. So, don’t do this look if your lips are chapped and less than perfect. Apply a red lip liner if you fear bleeding. L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner in Always Red is an inexpensive option. A lipstick like Revlon Matte Lipstick in In The Red is rich and matte. Or you can use Victoria’s Secret Matte Cream Lipstick in Icon (not pictured).

And of course finish with the Chanel fragrance of your choice but I must lean towards #19. It’s one of my favorites.

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Weekly Cheap Secret:

This L’Oreal Wear Infinité Eyeshadow in Forest is an OK compact. The colors are sheer but very buildable. I purchased this because I have been searching for a truly matte shade of green. These are greens with absolutely no shimmer. That being said, these are a little chalky but they do work. You can see them swiped on my hand below (ignore my shimmer, it appears to just ooze out of my pours). One is a light sage green and the other is a dried herb green. I usually wear the lighter shade all over the lid and the other green in the crease. I would pair it with a peach or nude blush and a little bit of a peach lipstick or gloss. This was a good everyday look and it went nicely with my dyed red hair. I imagine that this compact would wear nicely on natural and dyed red heads with pale skin. These colors are pretty sheer and I don’t see them showing up very boldly on medium to deep skin tones. I think these colors are a nice neutral without being brown, so that being said it could go with all hair colors. I would say that this is a good compact for lighter skin tones and I think it would look nice paired with brown or hazel or violet eyes.

This duo retails for under $6 and is available at drugstores and Ulta. I’ve used this duo to recreate a “classic” look of Ann Blyth. I usually wear this duo how I describe Ann Blyth’s look.

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Swiped on my hand.

Oh, it is more of one of my favorite gals, Sandy Warner. I love the ultra matte makeup on this 1960 album cover. The lip is lush without being that matte, classic red. To get this look, I am recommending Revlon colors because I am in love with the new matte collection. Plus, it is Recession friendly 🙂

First, apply foundation and concealer where needed. Try something like Colorstay Active Light Makeup with the Colorstay Concealer. Apply powder if needed. Apply Mineral Bronzer in your shade. You do want a tiny bit of glimmer for a “sunkissed” glow. Apply it with a large, fluffy brush. Apply another coat of the bronzer to cheekbones. This is your blush. It is all about the bronze with this look. Now to the eyes. Apply Brow Fantasy in your shade. Brows are thick and filled. Apply the Matte Eyeshadow in Vintage Lace all over the lid with a fluffy brush. Lightly brush Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in Rich Sable into the crease. Line eyes with liquid liner. Apply Colorstay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black and wing it out for a “cateye” effect. The line is a bit thick. Take a pencil liner and line bottom lashes halfway. I like the Matte Luxirious Color Kohl Eyeliner in Black Truffle. Apply tons of mascara or faux lashes to top lashline. Use a light, maybe one coat of mascara to bottom lashes. Line lips with Colorstay Lipliner in Mauve. Apply Matte Lipstick in Mauve It Over for lighter complexions or Fabulous Fig for darker complexions. Blot and you’re ready and quite enchanting I may add.

Weekly Cheap Find:

L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eye Shadow Quad in Autumn Leaves is one of my must have neutrals. They are neutrals with warm undertones. This is a must have kit for natural redheads and anyone with warm undertones. The colors aren’t very exciting. But, they are those type of necessity colors. The kind that most of us have but if you don’t have then get them. There is a super pale fleshy matte beige, a light copper shimmer, a deep wooden matte brown, and a medium shimmery warm brown. The formula is really nice regardless of price. They blend easily and wear for a long time. It is better than many Chanel or Lancome powder shadows that I have used in the past. The colors are “nude” but better. They wear nicely with any lip shade. You can look super natural with a balmy lip or super elegant with a warm matte red lipstick. The warm undertones really brighten blue, gray, and green eye colors. It retails for under $8 and can be found pretty much anywhere.

Weekly Cheap Secret:

I am really impressed with Revlon’s Matte Collection. Matte cosmetics seem to come and go as fads. Many companies do not offer matte products at all. You have to expand out to MAC, Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, and some actual theatrical brands. Don’t get me wrong, I love shimmer. But I think matte cosmetics really add some depth to shimmery looks. I don’t like a completely matte face, too airbrushed senior picture. But, I do like a deep, matte eggplant used in the crease with a shimmery gold shadow. Or silver glitzy eyes with really matte red lips. Revlon has offered a pretty decent selection of matte cosmetics for a good price. Since these are drugstore cosmetics I haven’t been able to play in all of them. Out of what I have tried, I like.

EYES: The Matte Eyeshadows are very nice and come in a range from super neutral to really bright. This a nice budget friendly alternative to Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadows. There are nine: Vintage Lace (soft off white), Peach Sorbet (pale peachy nude), Pink Innocence (pale pink), Luscious Lime (vivid lime), Venetian Blue (bright electric blue, move on over MAC Electric Eel!), Tempting Teal (deep blue-ish forest green, think Douglas Fir Tree needles, would be amazing mixed with silver or baby blue), Rich Sable (warm deep brown), Riveria Blue (deep midnight sea blue), and Aubergine (dusty, deep eggplant purple, so luxe). I can’t complain about any of the shades. The lighter shades are must have bases for light complexions. The bright colors are so fun. The deep ones will make great smoky eyes or liners. They retail for $4.99 and you get more than what is in a MAC pan. There are 5 Kohl Eyeliners: Pure White (eye opening white), Black Truffle (a deep and mysterious black), Rich Mink (deep chocolate), Midnight Blue (deep navy), and Very Violet (a vivid and electric medium purple). The eyeliners feel nice and soft. They create that “mysterious” eye. They are easy to blend. They go for under $10.

LIPS: The Matte Lipstick is hot. All I really need is a matte nude, matte red, and a matte milky pink. All are offered! There is Nude Attitude which is a really pale nude. It reminds me of MAC Fleshpot or MAC Freckletone. This shade looks amazing with dark eyes. There is Pink Pout which is a white-ish 60’s pink. This looks much like my all time favorite shade, MAC Snob, my wedding day shade. Wear with gray shadow and it is beautiful. There is a lovely every day mauve, Mauve It Over. Pink About It and Strawberry Suede are both bright summer pink. I love both reds. They are classic. There is Really Red which is a bright warm red and In The Red which is a cooler red. I love Really Red, it is almost orange. There is Cocoa Craving and Fabulous Fig both are pretty ho-hum neutrals. There is a beautiful gothic deep wine, Wine Not. I wish I knew about this one this past fall and winter. These go for under $7.

FACE: There are four matte powder blushes. There is a light pink, Rose Rapture. There is a medium hued berry, Blushing Berry. There is a sweet pale peach, Perfectly Peach. And there is the must needed neutral, Barely Buff. These are nice because sometimes you just don’t feel like having glittery cheeks. These go for under $10.

There are many fun colors and everyday colors in this collection. The prices are pretty nice. And since they are drusgstore cosmetics there are always coupons, deals such as BOGO, or on clearance.

Everyone else is doing shimmer this fall but not Clinique. I like matte formulas because they can add more dimension than a shimmer, are great for all ages, and typically provide more pigment. Plus, matte styles fit in more with my choice of vintage styles. Clinique Modern Matte Autumn 2008 Color Collection launch really isn’t that exciting but it is very wearable. It is perfect for more reserved work environments but still carries a punch. The Clinique website says, “Velvety rich meets fine-powder finishes for a matte like nothing you remember.” Well, if you are over the age of 18 then you’ll remember that it was hard to find a matte sans the cakey, clumpy, hard to blend mess. This collection is different. It is smooth and easy to wear.

EYES: They have relaunched High Impact Mascara in Black. I have used this formula before and really wasn’t wowed. It does a great job of being a basic lengthening, darkening and thickening mascara. I still haven’t found my HG mascara but that is a story for a different day. Sells for $14. Next,  the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte. This is a true matte eyeshadow formula that is long-wearing and packs a pretty decent pigment. It retails for $14 and you get a pretty generous amount of shadow. The color range is very neutral which means it provides browns, nudes and a few violets. The colors I like are French Vanilla which is a pale nude and everyone needs one without shimmer. I like Night Plum which is a darker smoky plum that looks awesome in the crease. Slate is a smoky gray that adds depth and dimension when layered over mattes or shimmers. Midnight is a deep smoky black with a tinge of gray that is a must for everyone. You can use this as liner, with smoky eyes or for extra drama. It is a great brow powder too. The other shades are Dark Denim, Stone Violet, Martini, Chocolate Chip, and Sable.

LIPS & CHEEKS: There is the High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 which claims to wear for 8 hours. It wore for a longer than average time but not 8 hours for me. It isn’t as dry as most long-wearing lipsticks. It comes in 20 shades. There is a shade for everyone but of course I like the brighter ones. I like Sassy Spice (which Spice Girl was that?), it is a chili red with a hint of orange. The others that stand out are Peach Pop which is a bright coral, Go Fig which is a nude with a hint of pink perfect for smoky looks, Extreme Pink which is a bright Bubble Yum pink, and In A Nutshell which is a nude with a hint of peach. Unfortunately, I didn’t see a plum that I liked. These sell for $14. These lipsticks are to be paired with the new Defining Liner for Lips which is a creamy long-wearing lip liner pencil with a built in sharpener. I like Pomegranate which is a medium mauve, Nudey which is a pure nude, and Plush Pink which is a light nude pink. The other colors are Soft Plum, Sugared Fig, Red-y Or Not, Berry Nude and Cider. Price on these are $14. There is the new Blushwear Cream Stick which I have already reviewed in my cream blush stick entry. These are a cream-to-powder finish that looks natural and are very blendable. They are oil-free and are a keeper. They come in Glow Blush, Peachy Blush, Rosy Blush, Very Blush, and Shy Blush. These retail for $18.50.

Well, that’s the collection. It is kind of small but they release a ton of product formulas at once. My favorite thing is the Blushwear Cream Stick. (I’ve mentioned this before.) The collection doesn’t have a limited edition item that you should run out and get because it is a “collectible”. This collection offers the stuff to run out and get because you ran out of something like it or you want to update your everyday look wardrobe or you just need the basics. I like it because it is a Color Collection that doesn’t focus on a color but a texture. You’ll find a color that works for you. Not something that looks great on a few people and comes in a lovely package. I also want to add that the model’s look is horrible and I can’t believe it made it through the final cut. She looks too made up and really “dry” which this collection is not. Her skin looks thirsty and flaky. Sorry, I had to bring this up because the ad grosses me out so. This picture looks like it was savaged from a Spring 1992 McCall’s magazine. That isn’t a very “modern matte” image.