Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Sensation (102) Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Sensation (102) Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra-fine powder eyeshadow” that is “foolproof in its application” and can be “applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour.” I strongly recommend not using any of the more satin/matte finishes with a dampened brush, as it causes the surface to crust over and harden. Using the more frosted or shimmery shades seems with a dampened brush doesn’t seem to have any issues. I wasn’t impressed by the new shades for fall; they were underwhelming and more difficult to use. These really needed an eyeshadow primer to work well, or else the color didn’t apply or last well. These three shades in particular look very similar to three of the shades in the Quadrille Eyeshadow Quad.

Chanel Sensation (102) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “ivory pink.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach-beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque. The consistency was soft but slightly powdery. It lasted six hours on me before fading. NARS Europa (P, $29.00) is darker. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. MAC Warm Breeze (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Palpitation (104) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied dry, it had softer, semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied with a dampened brush, the color intensified slightly and was more opaque. However, using a dampened brush left a hard, darkened surface on the pan that had to be rubbed/scraped away to become usable again. The texture was slightly powdery, so it had to be packed and patted on carefully if applied dry to get any intensity. When I tried using it with a dampened brush, it was hard to get the color to transfer to the skin–just stuck to the brush. On the lid, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Chanel Quadrille #3 (LE) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Cupcake (P, $5.99) is warmer, more shimmery. Chanel Rose Favorite (LE, $28.50) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Hesitation (106) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pink plum.” It’s a medium-dark plum burgundy with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry, and then mostly opaque color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. This one seemed to be fine after using it wet, so that was a plus. The texture was a little powdery, though it was particularly blendable when I was working with it. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is darker, more matte. Tarte Plums Up (LE) is more purple, matte. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is warmer, brighter. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is more purple, more shimmery. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Blackberry (P, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is more matte. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Rose Reve (189) Glossimer
Chanel Rose Reve (189) Glossimer

Chanel Rose Reve (189) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “milky pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it had a high-shine, glossy finish. The thicker consistency of the gloss made it less prone to settling into lip lines, though it did just slightly, but for this type of gloss, it performed better than expected. It had a mostly non-sticky texture until after three hours of wear, after which it developed a slight tackiness. It stayed on well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is shimmery. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is lighter, shimmery. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is darker. Chanel Allegorie (LE, $29.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Songe (191) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent pearl.” It’s a shimmer-ladened clear gloss with fine shimmer that shifts from fuchsia pink to murky purple. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which was primarily in the form of shimmer, but it is lightly tinted pink from what I can tell. It looks more complex in person than it does in photos, but it didn’t look as complex on as it did in the tube (the duochrome doesn’t come through nearly as strongly). This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) doesn’t have a true duochrome but looks similar applied with its icy shimmer. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is less murky but looks similar applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Rose Reve (189)

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8/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Songe (191)

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as “rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised to find the texture of the blush to be incredibly thin and somewhat stiff. It’s quite sheer and really requires three to four layers to get visible, more true-to-pan color on the skin (both in the swatch and applied to cheeks). Normally, Chanel’s blushes are very soft and silky, sometimes bordering on powdery, but this one was thinner and drier. It didn’t feel genuinely stiff, yet little color was coming off of the pan when I was trying to apply it with a blush brush. Even the process of blending the color was challenging, as the color didn’t blend easily, so it had a tendency to look uneven and splotchy. The color lasted for seven hours on me before turning patchy and faded.

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6/10

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6/10

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6/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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3.5/5

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Chanel Collection Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014
Chanel Collection Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014

This Fall, a poetic new palette expresses passion and emotion. Through an evocative collection focused on eyes, the Chanel Makeup Creation Studio plays an intriguing game of opposites: innocent and stormy, soft and intense. A spectrum of pink shades — balanced with flashes of purple, radiant yellow and tumultuous grey — brings a state of grace to COLLECTION ÉTATS POÉTIQUES. At the heart of this romantic colour range, a reinvented eyeliner adds mystery to every glance.

Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00)

  • Innocence Rosewood

Ombre Essentielle Soft Tuuch Eyeshadow ($29.50)

  • Sensation Ivory pink (Limited Edition)
  • Palpitation Soft rose (Limited Edition)
  • Admiration Golden yellow
  • Exaltation Bright pink
  • Hesitation Pink plum
  • Pulsion Deep plum

Ecriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner ($35.00)

  • Noir Black
  • Brun Brown

Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine ($35.00)

  • Intime Soft pink
  • Viva Intense fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Confident Intense rosewood
  • Aura Plum

Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00)

  • Atmosphere Iridescent pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Secret Nude
  • Orage Grey blue

Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50)

  • Rose Reve Milky pink (Limited Edition)
  • Songe Iridescent pearl (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at Chanel; July 2014 at department and specialty stores

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Chanel Ambre Dore Chanel Ambre Dore (11) Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner
Chanel Ambre Dore Chanel Ambre Dore (11) Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner

Chanel Ambre Dore Chanel Ambre Dore (11) Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner ($32.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a golden copper with a metallic sheen. Giorgio Armani Copper (05) (LE, $28.00) is darker. Chanel Or Rose (LE, $30.00) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more pigmented shades of Chanel’s Stylo Yeux I’ve tried–it was totally opaque in a single stroke! The consistency was a little stiff, though, so it wasn’t the most comfortable eyeliner to use on the lash line. It doesn’t tug much, but it seems to skip slightly. Once applied, the color lasted for eight hours before starting to gradually thin and fade.

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Ambre Dore (911)

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Monday, May 5th, 2014

Chanel Sweet Lilac (615) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Sweet Lilac (615) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Sweet Lilac (615) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin and flowed well across the nail. Cult Nails Falling Hard (LE, $12.00) is darker. Illamasqua Harem (P, $17.00) is brighter. MAC Vagabondage (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pinkly Fresh (LE, $16.00) is similar. Essie Cascade Cool (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Pink Tonic (619) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it was easy to apply as the formula didn’t streak, bubble, or pool along the edges. Dior Bahia (667) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Ratin Jot (LE, $19.00) is more magenta. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is darker. L’Oreal Members Only (P) is slightly darker. Zoya Reagan (P, $9.00) is more magenta. Zoya Lara (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sweet Lilac (615)

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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