Monday, February 16th, 2015

Chanel Crescendo (250) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Crescendo (250) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Crescendo (250) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a delicate gold sparkle over a satin finish. MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is lighter. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. LORAC Underrated (LE) is similar. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is more shimmery. MAC Formal (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is cooler-toned. Chanel Inspiration (64) (P, $38.00) is lighter, cream. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is warmer. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel’s powder blush formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with a “silky, delicate texture” that will “impart a radiant glow.” The best parts of this new, limited edition blush is its finish, which is softly luminous on the skin, and its color payoff, which is semi-opaque and buildable to more opaque color if desired. Unfortunately, the texture is powdery and doesn’t adhere as well to skin, so it takes some work to really buff and blend the color onto the skin for an even layer of product that is nicely diffused along the edges. The powder felt silky to the touch, but it just didn’t go on effortlessly at all. On me, this shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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Crescendo (250)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Chanel La Perle de Chanel
Chanel La Perle de Chanel

Chanel La Perle de Chanel Collection is a small, spring collection featuring limited edition shades for eyes, cheeks, and lips. I bought a few items (I skipped the lip products), which I’ll review soon, but here are some sneak peek swatches for you in the meanwhile! :)

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Friday, February 13th, 2015

Chanel La Perle de Chanel Collection for Spring 2015
Chanel La Perle de Chanel Collection for Spring 2015

Inspired by the graceful world of ballet, this delicate makeup collection features rosy tones and glimmering metallics in beautiful balance. Taking center stage: a limited-edition five-shade palette featuring romantic lipsticks and glosses to choreograph a colourful lip look.

Harmonie Levres Lip Palette ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Inspired by the ethereal world of ballet, the versatile ‘Arabesque’ palette features five rosy-toned shades for multiple effects. Three vibrant lipsticks and two shimmering glosses can be worn alone or layered. Presented with a custom mini lip brush for application on the go.

Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00)

  • Crescendo (250) (Limited Edition)

Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00)

  • Tisse Rhapsodie (248) (Limited Edition)
  • Tisse Vendome (204) (Repromote, Permanent)

Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00)

  • Mysterio (102) (Limited Edition)

Rouge Allure Lipstick ($36.00)

  • Virevoltante (158) (Limited Edition)

Aqualumiere Gloss ($30.00)

  • Tutu (91) (Limited Edition)
  • Corset (92) (Limited Edition)

Stylo Yeux Waterproof ($32.00)

  • Perle de Lune (916) (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at Chanel

P.S. — Chanel is doing complimentary Saturday delivery (overnight!) on $125+ orders placed February 13th until 5PM EST. (I totally took advantage of this!)

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Chanel Spring 2015 Collection
Chanel Collection Reverie Parisienne

The collection featured an assortment of pink and coral-toned shades, much in the way that one would expect for a spring-timed launch. I was disappointed with one of the star products of the launch (Jardin de Chanel), as the texture was stiffer, while the product itself could have been more pigmented as well. Crazy Fuchsia (194) (A) ended up being the only product I really liked (personally) in the collection, because it was a very pigmented gloss with little tackiness.  I had higher hopes for both eyeshadow quads, but unfortunately, they were somewhat lacking in pigmentation.

You can see the full list of products/shades in the collection here, as I didn’t buy everything from the new collection. 

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Paradisio (645) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearly pale green.” It’s a very light, warm white with a green-ish tint and metallic shimmer. It had some visible brush strokes, and it had semi-opaque color coverage. I wish it applied more evenly, and it’s a polish that might be better with three coats, though it has a medium-thick consistency so I don’t know about the wear/feel of three coats. Dior Pampille (192) (LE, $24.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is whiter. Essie Absolutely Shore (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tenderly (641) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy mauve with warm undertones and a cream-jelly finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation after two coats, and it dried down to a naturally shiny finish without the need of a top coat. It was easy to apply and self-leveled. Zoya Odette (P, $9.00) is lighter. Formula X Perfection (P, $12.50) is grayer. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is darker, cooler-toned. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Desirio (643) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense magenta.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-pink with a cream finish. It had almost opaque coverage after a single coat, but I used two in swatches to be sure. It dried down to a high-shine finish and was incredibly easy to apply. Chanel Coup de Coeur (P, $27.00) is more muted, warmer. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) is brighter. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
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Paradisio (645)

C+

Product

6.5/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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A-

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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A

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Friday, December 26th, 2014

Chanel Tisse Fantaisie (236) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Fantaisie (236) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Fantaisie (236) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($62.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a mix of “pink coral, white satin, pale green satin, and intense brown.” It’s a new, limited edition quad for spring that leans warm-toned and earthy. Chanel fell short with the pigmentation on their spring quads relative to the permanent quads they released with this formula earlier in the year, which often had good or better color payoff applied dry. The majority of shades in the quad are better used with a dampened brush and bring to mind Chanel’s often-disappointing baked shadow formula of years past (which was often the non-U.S. version), though the textures are smoother in the new quad.

Tisse Fantaisie #1 is described as a “pink coral.” It’s a muted, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was surprisingly sheer when applied dry, yet this formula is supposed to be pigmented without needing a damp application. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Cheeky (P, $5.00) is lighter, pinker. Anastasia Fresh Peach (P, $12.00) is more orange. LORAC Apricot (LE) is more orange. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S748 Coral (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker. Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Fantaisie #2 is described as a “white satin.” It’s a brightened white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish and subtle warm undertones It was semi-opaque regardless of whether I used it dry or damp. It had a soft, blendable consistency, but the pigmentation was less stellar. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Shades like this are certainly useful, but they are more basic so there are plenty of shades very similar to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Fantaisie #3 is described as a “pale green satin.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with warm, khaki and brown tones and a golden metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation that seemed slightly richer and more intense when applied damp, but the coverage was the same regardless of application method. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is warmer, brighter. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P) is similar. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Flicker (P) is lighter. MAC Sea Worship (LE, $19.50) is warmer. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is greener, lighter. Anastasia Moss (P, $12.00) is greener. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is darker. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker. MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is warmer, brighter. bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more metallic, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Fantaisie #4 is described as an “intense brown.” It’s a dark, red-toned brown with warm undertones and a soft shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, but it wasn’t very intense unless applied damp. The consistency felt soft and was blendable on the lid, and it did last for eight hours before fading, but I wish it was more pigmented. Dior Cuir Cannage #5 (P) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Take on Bordeaux (LE) is more matte. Dior Trafalgar #5 (P) LORAC Cocoa (P) is less brown. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is less shimmery. theBalm #1 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

Tisse Fantaisie (236)

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Tisse Fantaisie #1

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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Tisse Fantaisie #2

B-

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7.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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