Friday, May 4th, 2012

Chanel Delight Le Vernis
Chanel Delight Le Vernis

Chanel Delight Le Vernis

Chanel Delight Le Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale golden bronze with lighter champagne, copper, and bronze shimmer. It has a strong metallic, almost foil-like, finish. Urban Decay Superfreak is more pewter-like; less bronzy, more silver-gold. OCC Cruising is a golden yellow. MAC Soiree is the closest I could think of, but it has a rosiness to it. China Glaze Jingle Bells is much yellower.

This actually could be a one-coater, and I liked the way it looked better at once coat–it almost gets a little too thick-looking (but it doesn’t seem thick in terms of actual, physical thickness). It was totally opaque in one coat, but I did swatches with two coats. The drying time on this is very quick, regardless of whether you’re doing one or two coats.  The texture was really fantastic on Delight; it wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed beautifully across the nail during application with no bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges.  Not many polishes chip on me, so I’ve had no problems with Chanel and wear–I get noticeable tip wear after a week of wear but no chipping.

Updated: Sorry, all! It was supposed to be A–I must have typed through the rating fields too quickly and hit A+ rather than A. Thanks for everyone who emailed and left comments telling me about my colossal error!

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Delight

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This shade will be flattering against warmer skin tones and is very appropriate for summer. It reminds me of sandy beaches, partially because of the color but also with the finish--though not gritty (it dries smooth), you can kind of see grains of sand.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012


Chanel Summer 2012 Makeup Collection

As longer days and warm, breezy nights herald the start of Summer, Chanel embraces the season and all the vibrant makeup hues it inspires. In the Summer 2012 Collection, SUMMERTIME DE CHANEL, Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, replicates the natural glow of sunbathed skin with luminous bronze, gold and copper tones. Playing up a radiant complexion: season-perfect lip shades, from fresh pastels to bright corals.

Soleil Tan de Chanel / Luminous Bronzing Powder ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

Two bronzers — each comprised of seven unique shades, including a luminous gold — lend subtle hints of warmth and shimmer to every complexion. A soft peach palette brings a fresh glow to lighter skin, while a deeper pink harmony lends radiance to darker tones. Blended together, the shades create a seamless bronzing effect; used on their own, the gold powders illuminate the complexion, while the darker shades sculpt the face when gently swept along its natural contours.

  • Sable Beige Golden beige (Limited Edition)
  • Sable Rose Golden pink (Limited Edition)

Ombres Contraste Duo / Eyeshadow Duo ($42.00)

  • Sable-Emouvant Beige and brown (Limited Edition)

Le Crayon Khol / Intense Eye Pencil ($28.00)

  • Peche Cuivre Coppery peach (Limited Edition)

Le Crayon Yeux / Precision Eye Definer ($29.00)

  • Brun Intense Deep brown (Limited Edition)

Rouge Coco Shine / Hydrating Sheer Lipshine ($32.00)

  • Empreinte Soft beige (Limited Edition)
  • En Vogue Bright coral (Limited Edition)

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($28.50)

  • Sirocco Beige (Limited Edition)
  • Calypso Coral (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($25.00)

  • Island Golden beige (Limited Edition)
  • Delight Bronze (Limited Edition)
  • Holiday Bright coral (Limited Edition)

availability: May 2012, but I saw it already online at Chanel

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Beautiful Beginnings with Chanel

What was the first Chanel product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Chanel product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  The very first Chanel products I ever tried and purchased were their Glossimers.  It took me many, many wears before I got the appeal of Glossimers, but eventually I did.  Chanel and I have a hit and miss relationship; sometimes I’m really unimpressed and other times I’m really in love.

Share your first time experiences with Chanel in the comments! :)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

5 Beautiful Coral-Orange Blushes

This post is a follow-up to last week’s on coral-pink blushes.  These are all warmer, with more orange/peach than pink.

  1. Tarte Blissful — vibrant coral-orange
  2. Tom Ford Lovelust — shimmering peachy coral
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Echo — rich coral-orange with a golden shimmer-sheen and a hint of underlying pink
  4. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose — medium-dark coral-orange
  5. Make Up For Ever #153 — coral-orange with golden shimmer/sheen

What’s your favorite coral-orange blush?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Chanel Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder
Chanel Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder

Chanel Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powders for Eyes and Cheeks

Chanel Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder< ($95.00 for 0.53 oz.) is described as a highlighter for both cheeks and eyes. It’s part of the online exclusive (and at select boutiques) Las Vegas de Chanel collection and easily the pricest piece of the launch! It has six stripes of color, though the medium orange and gold shades seem to have been done twice, which resulted in four unique shades.

When blended together, the result is a warm, orange-tinted gold with a glowy shimmer-sheen. It looks a lot like Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City, actually! Perhaps not quite as dark, but when blended out, the differences nearly disappear. Lucky Stripes has a less metallic finish. Chanel Shimmering Tweed is more golden, less orange. MAC Sun Rush is similar but in liquid form. Chanel Empreinte de Chanel also is similar, perhaps a little less golden.

There’s a medium-dark brown with red-orange undertones and a subtle satiny sheen. Urban Decay Chopper is similar but slightly redder. NARS Isolde is deeper. MAC One to Watch is a touch lighter. Bare Escentuals Fire is similar but a little more orange.  To the right of that is a medium orange with a golden shimmer-sheen. MAC Fresh Daily is darker, more intense. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is similar but a bit darker and matte. Inglot #368 is lighter.

Next, there’s a medium yellow gold with gold shimmer–it’s actually not quite as refined, soft, or as pigmented as the other shades. It’s similar to golds like MAC Goldmine, Urban Decay Blunt, and Bare Escentuals Remix. The last shade is a pale white with larger white shimmer. It’s similar to MAC Winterscape and MAC White Frost.

It adds a warm, golden reflective quality to the cheek without emphasizing the skin’s texture.  More glowy than metallic, but it’s still a more noticeable highlighter overall (which may or may not be to your liking!).  I think it performs best as a cheek product, but it can be used on the eyes, too.  There it blends out too easily; the colors seem to disappear as you blend, which can be frustrating.  The texture of the powder is soft, finely-milled, and not at all powdery.  On cheeks, it wore for seven hours and looked patchy after eight hours.  On eyes, without a primer, it wore for seven hours with some fading, but with a primer, I didn’t have any wear issues.

I cannot figure out just what about this powder gave Chanel the gall to price this at $95. It’s like with every ultra limited edition launch, they tack on another $10 (and it may just feel that way). There’s nothing about this powder that feels different than other Chanel highlighting powders (or other high-end/designer powders for that matter). It’s gorgeous to be sure, and it’s a pretty design on the interior, but it’s still a plastic black compact on the outer edge. Hey, at least Dior and Guerlain will often give you limited edition, specially-designed packaging with their high price tags! (Dior often has signature limited edition pieces that come out in the $80+ range, and Guerlain has debuted similar products in the $60+ range.)

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Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder

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I suspect that for most readers, the price alone will be a major turn-off. For me, a product at this price point needs to perform immaculately. This is a good product but falls short of greatness. It's too similar to both past Chanel powders but also to recently released Guerlain Sun in the City--which is $25 cheaper.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Chanel Vegas Gold Le Crayon Levres / Precision Lip Definer
Chanel Vegas Gold Le Crayon Levres / Precision Lip Definer

Chanel Vegas Gold Le Crayon Levres / Precision Lip Definer

Chanel Vegas Gold Le Crayon Levres / Precision Lip Definer ($29.00 for 0.04 oz.) is an molten gold designed to line the center of the lips to add a “touch of light.” The color is similar to Urban Decay Eldorado, which is an eyeliner. I can’t think of any lip liners that I own that are similar, but NYX Gold might work (I haven’t seen it, so I couldn’t tell you for sure) as it turned in my search for “gold lip liner.”

I can imagine this working really well with reds, berries, and plums, actually. The combination of the orange-gold tone with red would be fantastic.  It applies fairly well, though it does pull and tug just a tad, and the shimmer has a slight grit to it.  It’s not the best lip pencil I’ve used, but it’s certainly one of the more unique shades I’ve come across.  It yielded good color payoff in a single pass, though on lips it’s a bit harder to get those results as the surface area is much larger! I found it was a little dry on its own.  Overall, the formula and feel leave a little to be desired, but there’s something about the color itself as a lip product that draws me in.

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Vegas Gold

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Overall, the formula and feel leave a little to be desired, but there's something about the color itself as a lip product that draws me in.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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