Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic & Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel’s Nuit Magique Collection includes two limited edition shades of polish, which released this past Monday. I was underwhelmed by Cosmic, as it’s a shade that we’ve seen several times in the past couple of years, though with larger sparkle, but with the finer, sparser sparkle in Cosmic, it’s hard to see it except under a lot of light or at an angle. Magic was more unique (based on what I’ve reviewed and swatched myself), and it also applied beautifully.

Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “black sparkling with blue and silver pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with fine flecks of navy blue and silver shimmer. The shimmer is somewhat sparse and fine, so from afar, it tended to look more like a black cream. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but in some ways, it seemed watery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) has larger sparkle. NARS Night Breed (LE, $19.00) also has larger sparkle. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition (LE) has more sparkle. L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is similar. Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) has more sparkle, larger sparkle. Color Club Show Time (P) has more sparkle. China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “daybreak blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue cream; it’s not too cool-toned, and it’s brighter and lighter than navy blue. This shade was incredibly pigmented and was fully opaque after two coats. The consistency was slightly thin, but I didn’t have any application issues. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is the shade I could think of that is most similar in color, but it has a totally different finish. NARS Superstar (LE, $19.00) is less blue. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is darker. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is a bit darker. Essie Go Overboard (LE, $8.00) is greener. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Chanel Nuit Magique
Chanel Nuit Magique Collection

Magic, like the sky at daybreak blue and Cosmic, a dense black sparkling with blue and silver pearl are both steeped in elegance and mystery.
On Monday, December 2nd, these two new CHANEL Le Vernis will be available exclusively on chanel.com.

Le Vernis ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Magic Daybreak blue
  • Cosmic Black sparkling with blue and silver pearl

Availability: Now exclusively @ Chanel.com

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

One of the things I appreciate about Chanel is that they’re often a brand that sets trends, and then many other brands follow them. They have a lot of silky, finely-milled powders in their range, from blush to eyeshadow.

  1. Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss — long-wearing, nicely pigmented, hydrating gloss; favorite shades include Reflexion, Merveille
  2. Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel — a cream-to-powder blush that came out recently that is one of the best cream blushes I’ve tried (all are awesome!)
  3. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour — trend-setting polish with a large variety of shades; personal recommendations would be: Suspicious, Paradoxal, Particuliere, Taboo
  4. Chanel Joues Contraste Blush — incredibly soft, silky powder blush that sits well on the skin; some favorites are Frivole, Rose Initial, Espiegle
  5. Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow — sparkling, shimmering cream eyeshadow that wears well; my picks include Mirifique, Epatant, Illusoire

What are your favorite Chanel products and shades?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Chanel Rouge Rubis Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Rouge Rubis Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Rouge Rubis Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($27.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid red.” It’s a brilliantly bright, medium red with neutral undertones–balanced between warm and cool. Sometimes it looks almost warm-toned, and then it would look cool-toned; it’s very well-balanced. The texture is more jelly than it is cream, and it had such a naturally high-shine finish. It was opaque in two coats.  I normally get a week of wear with Chanel’s polish (but almost nothing chips on me), though I know that Chanel’s formula can be hit or miss for many!

There are plenty of similar shades, since it is a rather opaque red! It really depends on whether you’re looking for a perfectly neutral red or don’t mind one that leans cool or warm. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is pinker. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $23.00) is slightly pinker.Dior Marilyn (LE, $26.00) is darker. Cult Nails Evil Queen (P, $12.00) is very similar. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $8.00) is cooler-toned. Zoya Sooki (P, $8.00) is warmer. Essie Silken Cord (LE, $8.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a limited edition five-pan eyeshadow palette described as “soft beige to rich purple, matte and pearlized shadows.” Chanel’s holiday collection has been out for a month or so, but the eyeshadow palette was slow to arrive and as soon as I saw it pop up on Nordstrom, I purchased mine. For someone who likes soft, neutral eyeshadows, it’s a nice palette that leans towards the darker end of the neutral shade, so it’s a rather smoky, sultry combination of colors. It’s not a particularly unique set of shades, but I can see some really loving and reaching for it often. The formula has such a silky-soft texture that it can be a little powdery, though it blends beautifully and lies well on the skin (so it doesn’t look powdery or caked on when applied), but you may want to tap your brush slightly to minimize excess powder. Also, this palette is a lot more product than the last version; this palette contains 0.32 oz. whereas Pearl River had 0.21 oz.

Charming #1 is a light, peachy-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled, albeit a smidgen powdery. Too Faced Bubbly (LE) is similar. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is a smidgen pinker. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Peace (P) is warmer, a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Charming #2 is a medium brown with a subtle gray tinge on the top, while the undertone is still on the warm side. It had a matte finish, and it was very, very soft–a little powdery as a result. MAC Caramel Sundae (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is a touch darker. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Charming #3 is a medium, warm-toned bronze with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery to the touch. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is darker.Too Faced Chestnut (LE) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Dart (P) is similar, a touch darker. Too Faced Gangsta (LE) is similar. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $16.00) is a cream product. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is warmer, darker. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Savannah #2 (LE) is slightly more golden. See comparison swatches.

Charming #4 is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade felt very soft but didn’t stick together well, so it seemed sheer when swatched. When I applied it to the lid, it was a more buildable, layerable color that took two to three layers to really get the color to hold. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Brown Down (P, $15.00) is also warmer. Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Charming #5 is a cool-toned taupe with a purplish cast and a matte finish. Again, it had fairly good color payoff and is a more buildable shade as the texture was so soft that it was a little powdery. MAC Keep Your Cool (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (P) is darker. bareMinerals Vow (P) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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It's not a particularly unique set of shades, but I can see some really loving and reaching for it often. The formula has such a silky-soft texture that it can be a little powdery, though it blends beautifully and lies well on the skin (so it doesn't look powdery or caked on when applied), but you may want to tap your brush slightly to minimize excess powder.

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

 

Chanel Rose Moire Le Vernis
Chanel Rose Moire Le Vernis

Chanel Rose Moire Le Vernis ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale, light pink with a neutral undertone–almost gray-ish–and a metallic shimmer/finish. I had a lot of visible brush strokes that didn’t seem to go away no matter the application or how long I waited for the polish to dry down. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency felt right, but the end result was still riddled with brush strokes. I normally get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with minimal tip wear and no chipping. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie (LE, $20.00) is a cream. Zoya Pandora (P, $8.00) is darker, less metallic. Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life (LE, $19.00) is similar–a bit warmer, though. See comparison swatches.

Rouge Moire Le Vernis ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned red with ruby red shimmer and a slightly metallic finish. You can see the threads of metallic ruby shimmer running through the polish, so there are noticeable brush strokes. They weren’t as noticeable as they were with Rose Moire, but they were there. The color was opaque with two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $10.00) is much darker. Le Metier de Beaute Dynasty (LE, $10.00) is similar, slightly darker. China Glaze Ahoy (LE, $8.00) is pinker, less metallic. Zoya Blaze (P, $8.00) has a different finish. Butter London Blowing Raspberries (P, $15.00) is a cream. See comparison swatches.

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