Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Chanel Tweed Brun Rose Les Tissages de Chanel
Chanel Tweed Brun Rose Les Tissages de Chanel

Chanel Holiday 2011: Tweed Brun Rose Les Tissages de Chanel

Chanel Chanel Tweed Brun Rose Les Tissages de Chanel ($45.00 for 0.19 oz.) is pop of coral-orange with a surprisingly level of brightness. It looks more muted in the pan, but it can be rather vivacious when swatched. The golden shimmer woven on the top is just that, an overlay, so you won’t find the larger golden shimmer particles throughout the powder. What you will find is more of a pearled sheen; not too frosted but certainly not matte. It reminded me of MAC Ripe Peach, actually, though this has less pink, which means it can also compare to MAC Marine Life, which has more of a golden sheen.

Like most Chanel powder products, it is very soft and finely-milled, so it can be easily blended out to a softer color as well. I did find that the texture, despite its softness, leaned on the powdery side, which did translate when worn (less of an issue if you have oily skin, but if you have drier skin, it may be problematic). It wore for around seven hours and looked a bit faded by eight, though still visible.

 

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Tweed Brun Rose

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Though powdery, the effortless blending balances it out so the overall rating is still a B+. The color payoff is good with true-to-pan color that can be built upon or sheered out.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder
Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder ($72.00 for 0.46 oz.) is an intricately embossed illumatinating powder that “gently highlights the skin with a sheer blend of tender pink and pearlescence.”  Of all the products I purchased from the holiday collection, I figured this was the one readers would be most interested in.

On me, it swatches as a pale beige with a soft shimmer and sheen–but it’s so light against my skin tone that it reads powdery. It applies much lighter than it looks in the pan.  When applied on cheek bones, I felt the powderiness of the product was further emphasized. I had to use either an extremely light hand and barely dust on product or blend, blend, blend it away so it looked less ghost-like. It catches the light well and seems to photograph better than it looks in real life, which emphasizes my pore size and just seems to sit on the top of skin, rather than really melt into it.

For lighter complexions, it would work better–as compared to my medium skin tone–because it will be similar to your natural skin tone and will highlight without lightening. I don’t like the powdery, almost chalky appearance it has on my skin. It wore for six hours before beginning to fade, and by the eighth hour, it was no longer noticeable.

The powder itself is soft and finely-milled, though the larger shimmer is merely an overlay, so underneath is a more refined, less shimmery, more sheen kind of finish. Because of the silkiness in texture, it is easy to blend but just doesn’t seem to lay as well on the skin as other Chanel powder products have in the past.  It’s soft but powdery and kicks up a fair amount of excess product when you go to use it.

It reminded me of a lot of the lighter highlighters I’ve come across, like MAC Lightscapade, Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (significantly more metallic), and MAC Too Chic.

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Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

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The texture of this may be soft, but it's also powdery and looks that way on the skin. Despite the fine shimmer and sheen, it emphasized the pores on my cheeks.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, October 7th, 2011


Photo by Vincent Lappartient

Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 Sneak Peek

Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup used the following Chanel products to create the runway beauty looks:

  • Face: Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup SPF (April 2012), Natural Finish Loose Powder, Highlighting Face Pen, Long Lasting Concealer
  • Eyes: Fantasme and Emerveille Illusion d’Ombre, Ebene Stylo Yeux Waterproof, Clair Le Crayon Khol, Crayon Sourcils, Inimitable Waterproof Mascara, Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler
  • Cheeks: Blush Horizon de Chanel Glowing Blush Harmony (January 2012)
  • Lips: Rouge Coco Baume Hydrating Lip Balm (January 2012), Plaisir Glossimer (March 2012)
  • Nails: April, May, and June Le Vernis Nail Colours (January 2012)

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Thursday, October 6th, 2011


Chanel Holiday 2011 Collection: Les Scintillances de Chanel

The iconic colours of Chanel — gold, red, beige and black — are a never-ending source of inspiration for Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup. The glamorous proof: his Holiday 2011 Collection, Les Scintillances de Chanel. Golden reflections delicately sculpt the face with light, while eyes and lips shimmer in festive tones.

Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder ($72.00) (Limited Edition)

A true visionary, Mademoiselle Chanel found inspiration everywhere. Today, the Paris Makeup Studio does similarly — capturing the gilded beauty of Mademoiselle’s treasured belt buckle in LUMIÈRE SCULPTÉE DE CHANEL Highlighting Powder, an illuminating powder that gently highlights the skin with a sheer blend of tender pink and pearlescence. Shades of ivory and pink dusted with tone-on-tone mother-of-pearls make this palette the height of glamour and sophistication.

Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Enivree Shimmering pink (Limited Edition)
  • Famous Bright shimmering red (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis Nail Colour ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rouge Carat Luminous red (Limited Edition)

Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder ($52.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Feerie Soft shimmering pink

Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Brun Rose Brown rose

Ligne Extreme Liquid Eye Liner ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Or Gold

Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Blazing Gold Shimmering gold
  • Beige Lame Bright shimmering beige

Ombres Contraste Duo Eyeshadow Duo ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Noir-Ivoire Black, ivory

Rouge Allure Laque Luminous Satin Lip Colour ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Empire Pink rose

Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Sparkle d’Or Gold shimmer
  • Sweet Beige Beige shimmer

Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Discretion Luminous beige
  • Triomphal Shimmering red

availability: October 2011

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


Chanel Blue Boy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection features three new and limited edition shades of lacquer (each retailing for $29.00 and containing 0.4 fl. oz., which is $4 more than the polishes are normally). Blue Boy (deep, rich blue denim), Blue Rebel (dark wash jeans), and Coco Blue (muted blue) make up the collection of blue-hued lacquers.

  • Blue Boy is a slightly faded, medium-dark blue with a cream finish. I needed three coats for opaque color, though it was more opaque than not at two.The closest dupe I could think of was Essie Lapis of Luxury, which is significantly lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine H. has a similar faded quality but the multi-colored shimmer makes it look rather different.
  • Blue Rebel is a dark, navy blue with a cream finish. I used two coats for opaque color coverage, and I felt like the formula was better than it was on Blue Boy and Coco Blue. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is deeper, richer. Though still more intense, China Glaze First Mate comes closer.
  • Coco Blue is a light-medium sky blue with barely-there white micro-shimmer. I used three coats for mostly opaque color, but I found the formula to be prone to streaks. The drying time was longer, too, so the polish pulled in places. Chanel Riva is much, much lighter and has less blue tones. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is more similar than Riva, but it’s more vibrant and more of a robin’s egg blue.

What struck me most about this collection had more to do with a slight case of sticker shock. I understand the luxury/designer brand model, and by no means is Chanel lacquer–dollar for dollar–any better than a polish at a fraction of the cost, but what’s with the $4 increase? I was expecting Chanel to add some marketing jargon about a rare ingredient, mixing technique, etc. that would justify the price increase, because Le Vernis jumped from $23 to $25 from the end 2010 to early 2011 already.

The formula on Blue Rebel was the best; really good flow, pigmentation, and no streakiness. Coco Blue was the worst as it was streaky and needed three coats, while Blue Boy was in the middle–no streakiness and decent flow but needed three coats for opaque color. I normally get a week of wear with minor tip wear out of Chanel’s polishes.

I’m always surprised when seemingly simple colors aren’t ones I can easily find dupes of. I’m sure many of you have already picked these polishes up, so I’d love to hear from you if you’ve found any dupes!

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Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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I couldn't think of perfect dupes for these shades, but at the same time, the imperfections in the formula leave me feeling underwhelmed about the three shades overall.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a limited edition single eyeshadow described as “an elegant dove grey.” The Soft Touch formula is finely milled and can be applied wet or dry. Gris Exquis has a soft, silky feel against the skin, and the softness enables it to apply smoothly and blend out easily. It’s a satiny medium-dark gray–it doesn’t lean blue or brown. I like how it doesn’t venture into charcoal territory, but it’s also not too light that it starts looking silvery. theBalm’s Inspirational looks more gunmetal-like and has a more metallic finish. Inglot #339 comes the closest but almost looks a bit purpled around the edges in comparison.

It’s packaged in a shiny black plastic that is rectangular in shape and comes with a black sponge-tipped applicator.  Inside the compact, the upper half also has a compact-sized mirror.  I do find the overall size of the compact larger than necessary to house the eyeshadow–there is still a good amount of excess on the sides of the sponge-tipped applicator (which is wider than the eyeshadow pan).   You get a good amount given it is a single, but you’ll likely want to love the color before plunking down $28.50 for it.

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Gris Exquis

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It's a lovely neutral gray, and the texture is what gives Gris Exquis its allure--so soft and smooth. The shade is dark enough to be perfect in a smoky eye but not so dark it couldn't be used during daytime, too.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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