Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jane Iredale City Lights Collection (Fall 2014)

 Fall is my absolute favorite season. I know I'm not alone in this opinion, but there is something so beautiful about Autumn in New England. The leaves are changing, the scarves come out of hibernation, and I start planning a day at the apple orchard so I can make homemade apple pie. One of the other things I look forward to is, of course, Fall makeup lines!

I review quite a bit of Jane Iredale products, but there's good reason!
1. Because the company started in my home state! (MA Pride!)
2. Because their products are unique!

What exactly makes them stand out?
Their products are non comedogenic, meaning your skin will be able to breathe and behave normally when wearing Jane Iredale products. No clogged pore for you!
Their products are safety, allergy, clinically, and dermatologist tested.
They make an effort to use only anti-irritant ingredients and natural preservatives. No parabens or phenoxyethanol!
 Jane Iredale is also cruelty free!

I think that Jane Iredale products are always "staples" in a collection. You could buy anything and most women could wear it, pull it off, and use it regularly in their makeup routine. While I'm a super adventurous type when it comes to makeup, my daily routine requires me to have fast-working, multi-tasking products that look natural. Not only does Jane Iredale cater to me, but to people like my mom, who don't really like to use too much makeup, but still want to look their best. 

Now that my rambling is complete, I'd LOVE to introduce you to some of the products in the new Fall 2014 line, "The City Lights Collection!"
Things always get more sophisticated in the fall, richer clothes, richer makeup and the events that go with them. Dinners in that new restaurant, a trip to see a Broadway play, maybe even an art opening (Picasso anyone?). This is why we called our new collection City Nights, a collection that speaks to the sophisticate in all of us – and is just perfect for a night on the town!
Not only is this palette slim and travel-friendly (hello big mirror!), it's absolutely gorgeous! While I admit I was wiping fingerprints off of it like crazy, the reflective rose-gold compact definitely makes a statement when it's pulled out of your makeup bag!

While each shade is subtle, they're all very beautifully pigmented and can be built up depending on how dramatic you want your look to be. I love shadows like this because they can work for such a wide variety of people! The shades are sized according to how they suggest one applies them. From left to right:
1. Mist- pearlescent cream shade that works great as a highlight for those of us looking for a smokier effect, or for an all-over-the-lid shade for those wanting a more natural look
2. Toast- A shimmering bronze shade with tiny flecks of silver micro glitter. A great "all over the lid" shade, or a shade that can be worked into the crease or placed above the iris along the base of the lid to give more definition.
3. Port- This comes off more "brown" in pictures, but it's a brownish-berry shade with very subtle pinkish/purple micro glitter. this is another great crease shade if you want to do a natural-looking smokey eye, and is actually quite a unique shade!

I absolutely love this palette, but mainly for how absolutely chic it is! I think most of us have comparable shades in our collection, but I have a deep love for small palettes that I can take with me on the go, and even more so when they have a large mirror for touch-ups. This is definitely a palette that makes you feel super luxurious when you're using it!

There was a time in my life (only a year or so ago!) that I avoided using gel liners, or pot liners in general. I felt like it was just an extra step that could be avoided by using a pencil. However I noticed that using a pot and a brush not only creates a super slick line, but pot liners also glide on much smoother and a brush gives much more precision to application. These jelly jar liners are no exception! You can apply these smooth, creamy liners with precision, or smudge them out for a smokey look. There are 4 shades available: purple, green, brown and black. Although the purple looks a lot brighter on the Jane Iredale site, it's actually more of a wine/plum shade with brown undertones. So if you're looking for a super bright purple, this might be a disappointment. I was actually happy to see a shade that is more "everyday" purple. I have green eyes, so a brown/plum liner really makes them pop! I wore this liner out last weekend and it held up through the night at a very crowded, sweaty pub, so it got an A+ in that regard!

When I first saw these glosses, I thought they would be squeeze-tubes. I was delighted to see that there's actually a wand with a doe-foot applicator inside! Yay! There are 18 different shades in this line, however "Kir Royale" is new for the Fall collection. This is a shimmery berry shade that looks fantastic on it's own, or on top of your favorite fall lipstick. On it's own, it has more of a slight hint of color with a little shimmer. It's sticky enough where it stays on your lips for a long time, but smooth enough where it doesn't feel uncomfortable on. It also has a very pleasant, subtle, fruity scent. I haven't dug out many of my Fall lipsticks yet (I have to get on that!) but I have a feeling this shade is going to look amazing over a wine/berry color lipstick!

Overall Thoughts
So what do you think of the Jane Iredale City Lights Collection? I love the fact that the colors and shades definitely remind me of Fall, but there's so much versatility here that you can really make a day look and a night look with the same products. As always, all 3 products perform beautifully, and last through the day with minimal to no touch-ups. (I did reapply the gloss after 3-4 hours, but that's a long time for a gloss in my book!) I'm really excited to incorporate these products in with the rest of my Fall makeup!
To see the entire Fall Collection, check out the Jane Iredale website.

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1 comment:

  1. I am in love with all of this! I need that compact for sure! :D