Friday, April 25th, 2014

Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied evenly, smoothly, and without streaking. It dried down to a moderately glossy finish, so you could get away without applying a top coat. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is darker, redder. NARS TV Party (LE, $19.00) is darker. NARS Madness (LE, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. Illamasqua Gamma (P, $17.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tutti Frutti Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft coral.” It’s a slightly muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the texture wasn’t too thick or too thin. It applied evenly, without streaking, and it didn’t bubble or pool along the edges. Chanel Tapage (605) (P, $27.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Shameless Red (LE, $19.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Elixir (589) (P, $27.00) is darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile (LE, $20.00) is warmer, brighter, darker. MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Impassioned (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Fracas (LE, $27.00) is pinker, darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Extravaganza (P, $10.00) is pinker, brighter. Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — There are two more new shades, which I purchased but won’t be here until next week sometime (boo, ground shipping!).

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

For summer, Chanel introduces four new shades of their Chanel Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.). All four have a “jelly” finish, and they’re very, very sheer and have a tendency to look the same applied to lips. Chanel described them as “translucent.” They’re as described, though shorter-wearing than the average Glossimer, but otherwise rather consistent. If you have more pigmented lips than mine, you may even find that they do not alter your natural lip color at all. The four feel the same: light-to-medium in weight, non-tacky, comfortable to wear, and are lightly hydrating. They last two hours on me (judging by the shine and feel of it on). If you’re a big fan of the Glossimer formula and are in the market for a mostly sheer-to-clear option, any of these will work. I’ve said it before, but a translucent gloss is one person’s dream, another person’s nightmare.

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly light rose.” It’s a clear gloss with a faint tint of rosy pink; applied, it just looks like my natural lip color with a glossy finish. Chanel Eden (437) (LE, $29.50) is very similar on. Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly fuchsia.” It swatched completely clear, and applied, it looked clear as well. It certainly appear fuchsia-tinted in the tube, but I didn’t detect any visible tint outside of the tube. Any clear, shimmer-free gloss will be similar to this.

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly coral.” It was a warm-toned, light-medium pink-tinted gloss. It is very sheer applied, just amplifying the natural lip color and adding a glossy finish. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is warmer. Chanel Eden (437) (LE, $29.50) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly orange.” It’s a muted, peach-tinted clear gloss. It added warmth to my natural lip color when applied. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Chanel Cheeky (79) Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Cheeky (79) Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Cheeky (79) Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “rose with bronze tint.” It’s a medium brown with subtle rosiness and neutral-to-warm undertones. It had a satin-mate finish when applied. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery, powder. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Regular readers will know that Chanel’s cream blush is one of my favorites (actually, if pressed, it is THE favorite). It has a cream-to-powder formulation, which means that initially, it feels like a cream blush, but as it gets applied to the skin, it becomes a powder, which means it easily blends on top of foundation or bare skin, goes on evenly and smoothly, and never looks powdery or caky. The finish is satin-matte, which gives it a very believable, natural finish that’s not too dewy or luminous, but it’s also not flat. On fairer skin tones than mine, it might work as a contour as well. It had excellent, true-to-pan color payoff that could be applied as richly or as subtly as desired. When I tested it, the color wore well for ten hours before lightly fading.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Chanel Mirage (95) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Mirage (95) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Mirage (95) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bronze.” It’s a golden, medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was lightly creamy, velvety, and easy to blend on the lid. This shade wore well for twelve hours before slightly fading. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is lighter, powder. bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is less metallic, powder. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is similar, powder. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is more glittery but still similar in color. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is similar, powder. Urban Decay Suspect (LE, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Woodwinked (P, $15.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Utopia (96) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “luminous lavender.” It’s a pink-purple with a frosted, metallic finish and very fine sparkle. It had slightly cool undertones. The texture was velvety and smooth, but the color payoff was semi-opaque; buildable to a point but not fully opaque. This shade wore well for ten hours on me before starting to fade. MAC Great Beyond #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, powder. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel New Moon (97) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “iridescent copper.” It’s a glittery, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a metallic finish. The texture had that velvety, spongy feel that is expected from this formula, but it doesn’t apply as smoothly–looks almost gritty at times–due to the high glitter content. It had fairly good color payoff, but it seemed more prone to fading over time and only wore well for nine hours on me. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is less glittery, powder. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is less glittery, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer (P, $28.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is less glittery, cooler-toned, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 (LE) is less glittery, powder. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 (LE, $21.00) is less glittery, powder. Chanel Ebloui (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Chanel Reflets d'Ete de Chanel Collection for Summer 2014
Chanel Reflets d’Ete de Chanel Collection for Summer 2014

Mix. Match. Mismatch. It’s a season of colour creativity. The shades of summer add a playful stroke to your beauty ritual, with vibrantly versatile options from LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES Glossimer and LE VERNIS Nail Colour. Coordinate shades of gloss and polish to accentuate a bronzed-skin look, or contrast lips, tips and lashes with a bright, shimmery eye for a sweet colour clash. The pairing possibilities are endless . . . the bolder, the better.

Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00)

  • Cheeky Rose with bronze tint (Limited Edition)

Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00)

  • Mirage Bronze
  • Utopia Luminous lavender (Limited Edition)
  • New Moon Irridescent copper (Limited Edition)

Inimitable Waterproof Mascara ($30.00)

  • Violet Touch Purple with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)
  • Orange Touch Orange with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)

Stylo Yeux Waterproof ($32.00)

  • Ambre Dore Gold

Levres Scintilantes Glossimer ($29.50)

  • Hello Jelly light rose (Limited Edition)
  • Sexy Jelly fuchsia
  • Happy Jelly coral
  • Sunny Jelly orange

Le Vernis ($27.00)

  • Eastern Light White beige (Repromote, Limited Edition)
  • Sweet Lilac Lilac (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Tonic Fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Tutti Frutti Soft coral
  • Mirabella Orange (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; May 2014 at retailers/counters

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Chanel La Malicieuse (46) Rouge Allure Velvet
Chanel La Malicieuse (46) Rouge Allure Velvet

For spring, Chanel’s added two new (and permanent!) shades of the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) formula. This formula is supposed to have “intensely rich, long-wearing colour [with a] soft, velvet matte finish [that is] non-drying.”

Chanel La Malicieuse (46) Rouge Allure Velvet ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had very nearly opaque color coverage (there seemed to be a hint of translucency), and the color applied smoothly and evenly over the lips without dragging. The consistency was lightly creamy, but not too slick or emollient, and lasted for six hours. I found it slightly drying towards the end of the wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel L’Amoureuse (47) Rouge Allure Velvet ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, pinky-berry with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t fully opaque. The color applied evenly for the most part, but it didn’t apply as flawlessly as La Malicieuse. The color wore well for four hours, which is about average. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Private Party (LE, $16.00) is more muted, cooler-toned. NARS Never Say Never (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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