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Chanel Affinite Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Affinite (65) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Affinite (65) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Affinite (65) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as an “intense blue pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones, and a saitn finish. Edward Bess Bed of Roses is a touch lighter, powder. NARS Mata Hari is darker, powder. NARS Angelika is lighter, bluer-based, powder. MAC Whole Lotta Love is a powder. MAC Weekend Getaway is slightly less blue-based. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches.

This is a new formula that launched for fall, and there are six shades in total–two are limited edition and four are permanent (this is one of the latter). (Although, Chanel’s website lists all six shades as limited edition, the press release only listed two.) I have the other five shades to test, which I’ll be doing throughout the week, so stay tuned for those reviews. Yesterday, I started my testing with Affinite.

Chanel describes it as a “powder-cream formula” with “sheer yet vibrant pigments for instant luminosity” and a “long-wear satin finish.” The texture is interesting; it feels like a cream blush with a thin, emollient texture that’s not at all tacky or gooey. The surface was hard, yet the cream itself was soft–but it was “hard” in a way where you only disturb the top-most layer with a brush or fingertip, rather than the whole pan. As soon as it makes contact with the skin, it starts to turn into a powder. It doesn’t quite look like a powder, but it feels more like a powder than a cream as you blend the product into the skin. It’s a very blendable, buildable formula, and a little goes a long way with Affinite. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me and started looking slightly faded after nine and a half hours.

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel Affinite (65)
Affinite (65)
Affinite (65)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light peach with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It is somewhat like Chanel Gourmandise, which came out alongside this shade, so I don’t think you need both. MAC Luxe Natural is more beige. MAC Woo Me is more opaque. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige is more opaque. See comparison swatches.

As one might expect, given the sheer, shiny color of the Rouge Coco Shine range, Melba had semi-sheer color payoff. On my lips, it lightened and brightened my natural lip color and evened out the color as well as concealed my lip freckle slightly. It has a lightweight, balm-like consistency that’s creamy, slick, and easy to apply. The lipstick glides on without tugging or pulling at the lip, and it is lightly hydrating while worn. The high shine finish lasts about an hour and a half, then it starts to dull, and all of it seems imperceptible after two hours of wear. It has a light floral fragrance.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Melba (75)
Melba (75)
Melba (75)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Chanel Fall 2013 Color Collection – Superstition


A firm believer in luck, Gabrielle Chanel surrounded herself with her favorite charms and talismans, as much for good fortune as for inspiration. The symbols that warded off superstitious fears now serve as silent muses for an enchanting Fall makeup collection. Sumptuous khaki tones are set off by new ‘lucky charm’ duos: entrancing, shade-matched pairs for cheeks and lips.

Le Blush Creme de Chanel / Cream Blush ($38.00)

This innovative formula offers an enticing new way to blush. Simple to apply with fingertips or a brush, the powder-cream colour features sheer yet vibrant pigments for instant luminosity. The silky texture offers a longwear satin finish, both soft and comfortable for every skin type. Mix and match the eight versatile shades, use as primer to enhance the wear of another blush or powder, or pair seamlessly with a complementary lip  colour for a mesmerizing match.

  • Destiny Golden beige
  • Presage Apricot (Limited Edition)
  • Revelation Soft shimmering pink
  • Inspiration Soft blue pink
  • Affinite Intense blue pink
  • Fantastic Burgundy (Limited Edition)

Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour ($34.00)

  • Icone Golden beige
  • Mystique Apricot

Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine ($34.00)

  • Secret Soft shimmering pink (Limited Edition)
  • Instinct Soft blue pink (Limited Edition)

Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Colour Lipshine ($34.00)

  • Rendez-vous Intense blue-pink
  • Esprit Burgundy

Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50)

  • Gri-gri Metallic taupe (Limited Edition)
  • Hasard Matte lavender

Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow ($59.00)

  • Mystere Golden khaki, golden ivory, silver taupe, matte khaki (Limited Edition, U.S. Exclusive)

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner ($30.00)

  • Khaki Precieux Khaki with bronze tint

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara ($30.00)

  • Khaki Bronze Khaki with bronze tint (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00)

  • Elixir Milky pink
  • Alchimie Golden khaki (Limited Edition)
  • Mysterious Deep khaki

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Chanel; July 2013 at department stores

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Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale, aqua-shimmered white highlighter. In the promo photos, it looked more minty green, and in real life, it looked nearly white except for a very faint hint of green–but at a glance, it looked mostly white. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #1 is similar. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I worried that such a pale color would turn chalky or ashy against my medium skin tone, but it actually worked quite well as a highly reflective, shimmered highlighter, so I was happy to see it will be something that not just very fair complexions can use. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. In the photo below, I wore it on top of my cheek bones and lightly on my nose and brow bone. It is somewhat buildable, so you can go from a very translucent, almost finishing-like effect to a more obvious shimmer-sheen finish (like I wore on cheeks). A heavier application did emphasize pores slightly that was visible at a close distance but not from afar, while a lighter application gave a soft all-over glow without emphasizing any imperfections. It lasted well for seven hours, and after eight hours, it looked slightly patchy.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Delice (78)
Delice (78)
Delice (78)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Chanel Gourmandise (76) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Gourmandise (76) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Gourmandise (76) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Gourmandise (76) Rouge Coco Shine ($32.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft peach with a hint of pink. This is a limited edition shade with the typical Rouge Coco Shine formula: incredibly sheer color that gives off mostly shine, and this particular shade has some silver sparkle. MAC Shy Girl is warmer, more pigmented.
Chanel Peregrina is more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be sheer, shiny, and hydrating. This might be better on someone with more pigmented lips as a way to lighten and soften the natural pigmentation, because on my lips, it looks a lot like my natural lip color and adds mostly shine (and some shimmer), though you can see in the swatch on my skin that there is actually color–that color just gets lost on my lip color even more than it might on another natural lip color. The shininess is apparent for an hour and a half, and then there’s a duller shine that lingers for another half hour before it all seems to have faded away. It has a very slick, balm-like consistency that glides on easily and feels almost wet. I wore this twice (in a row), and it was lightly moisturizing but not as hydrating as a lip balm.

It’s not a product for everyone; you have to love sheer products, the consistency of this (as it is very comfortable to wear), and so on. I totally get it when someone says, “What’s the point?” or “Might as well wear lip balm,” but that’s why there are a whole slew of products on the market – the ultra sheer to the intensely pigmented.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Gourmandise (76)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) has finishes that “range from matte to satin to shimmer,” with a “smudge-proof formula [that] can be applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results.”  Overall, it’s a good palette with an interesting mix of colors and textures.  When trying it out, the green shade wasn’t as smooth or as easy to use as the other three shades, as it had an almost sparkly finish that made it less inclined to smooth out and bind together.  I didn’t encounter this issue with the other shades, though, and they applied more smoothly and were easier to blend.  I wore all four shades together, and the green one was very slightly creased after eight hours, while the rest held up without creasing and had only minor fading after nine hours of wear.

Delicatesse #1 is a neutral, light-medium gray-green with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and applied damp, it is more opaque and has a stronger metallic sheen. Chanel Jade Shore is greener, warmer. MAC Lady Grey is darker, less shimmery. Lancome Enduring Vert is lighter. Chanel Riviere is slightly lighter less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #2 is a pale white with a green sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff when applied dry and then took on a more metallic sheen with opaque color payoff when applied damp. MAC Zestful is greener. Lancome Fashion Forward is paler. Chanel Promesse #4 is similar. Sugarpill Lumi is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #3 is a warm, pink-coral with a soft, pearly sheen. Applied dry, it still had good color but was softer overall. Applied damp, it’s smoother and brighter. Chanel Pink Lagoon is darker. Urban Decay Scratch is darker. MAC Pink Frontier is similar. Chanel Rose de Mai is less shimmery. bareMinerals Page Six is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #4 is a warm-toned, medium-dark plum. Applied dry or damp, the color payoff was pretty good, and the texture was soft, smooth, and lightly frosted. I really didn’t see much of a difference between the two applications. Disney Master is cooler-toned. MAC Festive Delight is less shimmery. MAC Brazenly is bolder. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Ombres Fleuries Quadra Eyeshadow Delicatesse
Delicatesse
Delicatesse
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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