Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Chanel La Diva (44) Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color
Chanel La Diva (44) Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color

Chanel La Diva (44) Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “electric pink.” It’s a vibrant, cool-toned fuchsia magenta with blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is less bright. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is also darker. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is glossier, not quite as cool-toned. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Just as a point of reference, generally, the Rouge Allure Velvet formula doesn’t work well for me–it’s just not a formula that seems to work on me, though there are plenty of readers who love it. While most beauty products are “your mileage may vary” to some degree, I know that my lips react poorly to this formula while others have no issues.  This shade felt creamier than past shades I’ve tried in this formula with a lightweight consistency that applied evenly for the most part. It had a semi-matte finish that went down to more of a true matte finish about two hours into wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and on me, it was somewhat drying over time but more bearable than this formula has been in the past. It lasted for a total of five and a half hours on me and left behind a soft pinky stain.

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7/10

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Friday, December 20th, 2013

Chanel Notes de Printemps Collection for Spring 2014
Chanel Notes de Printemps Collection for Spring 2014

Spring makeup strikes a colourful chord with light, joyful notes. At the heart of the collection, a chorus of fresh, luminous reds sets the season’s tone for cheeks, lips and fingertips.

Le Vernis ($27.00)

  • Charivari (603) Soft purple/mauve
  • Tapage (605) Bright pink

Lumieres Facettes Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Quadrille (537) Lavender grey, golden ivory, rosy apricot, intense brown

Ombres Contraste Duo ($42.00)

  • Rose Majeur (70) Deep grey, luminous light pink (Limited Edition)

Illusion d’Ombre ($36.00)

  • Diapason (92) Luminous deep purple
  • Impulsion (93) Luminous pastel pink (Limited Edition)

Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00)

  • Intonation (69) Warm rose (Limited Edition)
  • Chamade (67) Deep pink

Poudre Universelle Compact ($45.00)

  • Preface (160) Light peach (Limited Edition)

Rouge Allure ($34.00)

  • Melodieuse (136) Bright coral red
  • Fougueuse (138) Bright pink

Rouge Coco ($34.00)

  • Dedicace Pink with blue undertones
  • Triomphe Pink with peach undertones

Rouge Allure Velvet ($34.00)

  • La Diva (44) Electric pink
  • L’Adoree (45) Mauve (Limited Edition)

Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50)

  • Murmure (179) Soft pink (No Shimmer)
  • Sonate (178) Muted red (No Shimmer)

Le Crayon Levres Lip Pencil ($29.00)

  • Sonic Pink (70) Shocking pink

Rouge Double Intensite ($35.00)

  • Pink Twist Rosewood

Aqua Crayon Lip Pencil ($26.00)

  • Raspberry Red (19) Raspberry red

Now at Chanel.com, the majority is also available at Nordstrom now as well (I didn’t see the polishes yet) and coming soon to other retailers.

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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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