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Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic blue green.” It’s a brightened, bluish-teal with a metallic finish. It seems to shift a bit from blue to teal to green, depending on the angle and how the light hits the color. The color itself is interesting and complex. I’ll be reviewing it soon, but Dior’s Samba isn’t an exact dupe for this–it is more of a true teal with less shift and more warmth. China Glaze Deviantly Daring is similar when Azure is in its blue stages, but it doesn’t have the same green-teal shift. Zoya Charla has a very different finish (more glitter/sparkle) and is a darker, bluer polish overall.

It’s fully opaque in two coats, and the drying time is about average, but it’s important to wait for each coat to dry before applying another as it will pull/drag if not fully dry. There are also a lot of noticeable brush strokes to the finish, even after it has dried down (sometimes they fade and blend away once the polish is dry, but not in this case). I wish this was slightly less metallic or wasn’t as prone to showing the brush strokes, because I think it takes away from the application and end result. The consistency was slightly thin but was fine to work with. I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Azure (657)
Azure (657)
Azure (657)
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
86%
Total

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Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner
Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “turquoise blue.” It’s a light-medium blue with silver and blue sparkle and shimmer. It doesn’t look teal or have any real flash of green to make a turquoise kind of color. This blue eyeliner comparison post features swatches of a lot of shades that compare with this one, most notably YSL #9 (more turquoise), bareMinerals 4AM (more opaque, so it appears bluer), and then Make Up For Ever #7L/Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi/Urban Decay Electric (all brighter blues).

This pencil was a painful, frustrating experience in why high-end doesn’t always equate to better. The consistency of the pencil is very, very dry and stiff. It tugged, pulled, and was incredibly difficult to apply with even, opaque color (and I would have settled for sheer but even). It almost feels like it’s scraping along the lash line. When you swatch an eyeliner on your arm, the amount of pressure you find yourself using is often much more than you would to the lash line (whether lower or upper), and I couldn’t even get it to build up well in a swatch. I should know better than to buy this, given how disappointed I was with Or Rose in December–but I am a SUCKER! for blues and teals in eyeliner form. On the upside, it wears well; doesn’t seem to fade, smudge, or budge from where it gets applied–it just never, ever looks even, smooth. It always looks jagged and dry.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner True Blue (57)
3
Product
5
Pigmentation
1
Texture
8.5
Longevity
2
Application
43%
Total

Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette exclusive to Chanel.com from their summer collection. It features four shades of eyeshadows in varying finishes that can be “applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results.” Outside of the U.S., this quad and its formula will be very familiar, while those within the U.S. will note that the shape, texture, and feel of the formula is different. This is, essentially, the baked formula, compared with the traditional power eyeshadow that we typically see in the quads here in the U.S.

Metamorphose (44) #1 is a medium-dark, cool-toned green with a hint of blue/teal and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp, but it could have applied more evenly and smoothly. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is a touch darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is greener. Dior Garden Pastels #5 is very slightly warmer/greener. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is cooler-toned.

Metamorphose (44) #2 is a cool-toned, green-tinged, pale gray. It looks more like a mint green in the pan, but it comes off rather grayish when I applied it. The color payoff is very sheer when used dry, and then it is decent to good in opacity when applied damp. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic. Dior Cruise is similar. is a bit darker (and a cream product).

Metamorphose (44) #3 is a lightly warmed-over yellowy-green with a frosted sheen. It was sheer to semi-sheer when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp. Too Faced Fantasy Island #2 is more metallic but very close in color. bareMinerals Wicked is more intense, greener. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #6 is much darker, greener. MAC Juxt is brighter and much warmer. MAC Valiant is very similar.

Metamorphose (44) #4 is a deep navy blue with cool undertones and a satiny finish. It had decent pigmentation when applied dry, but it was much more intense when applied damp. Urban Decay Evidence is a more pearled sheen. MAC Naval Blue is more frosted. MAC Lunar is darker. bareMinerals Climax is more pearled. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 is darker–more blackened. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker.

Generally, the baked eyeshadow quads are less intense and pigmented than the regular powder eyeshadow quads. To an extent, I would agree. These really have to used damp to see decent color payoff, as when they are applied dry, they are subtle and on the powdery side. From my own experiences, I tend to prefer the powder eyeshadows over baked ones as well for both blending, wear, and color payoff. Metamorphose had faded noticeably when I checked at the eight-hour mark.  The texture was always on the drier, powdery side, and when applied damp, it didn’t blend out as easily as Chane’s best eyeshadows do.

P.S. — 0.04 oz.? Ouchhh! I know that baked eyeshadows tend to weigh less, but whoa does that seem crazy small. They look like a normal-sized eyeshadow, all domed and the like, but the weight is (somewhat) concerning.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Metamorphose (44)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
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Chanel L’Ete Papillon de Chanel Collection for Summer 2013

Chanel L'Ete Papillon de Chanel Collection for Summer 2013
Chanel L’Ete Papillon de Chanel Collection for Summer 2013

The dazzling colours of butterfly wings inspire a joyful look for Summer, with the enchanting collection L’ÉTÉ PAPILLON DE CHANEL. Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup Peter Philips envisions electric shades of gold, pink and platinum to set eyelids aglow, with lashes fluttering in whimsical aqua, lime and blue hues. Crisp peach and bright raspberry grace the lips, while nails finish the fleeting mood in glimmering shades of intense coral, deep blue-green and heavenly blue.

Stylo Eyeshadow / Fresh Effect Eyeshadow ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

A smooth-gliding pen applicator delivers a new lightweight, long-wear shadow that highlights eyes with gleaming colour. A cooling, water-infused formula creates a shimmering veil on lids — or precisely lines the eyes with perfect definition. In six playful shades, from light and soft to dark and metallic.

  • Moon River Platinum
  • Cool Gold Luminous gold
  • Pink Lagoon Fresh pink
  • Jade Shore Tender green
  • Blue Bay Silvery turquoise blue
  • Black Stream Silvery black

Inimitable Waterproof / Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Zest Bright yellow
  • Lime Light Tender green
  • Aqua Blue Bluish green
  • Blue Note Electric blue
  • Noir Black (Permanent)

Stylo Yeux Waterproof / Long-Lasting Eyeliner ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • True Blue Turquoise blue

Rouge Coco Shine / Hydrating Sheer Lipshine ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Idylle Soft peach
  • Pygmalion Raspberry

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Zephyr Beige with shimmer
  • Envolee Coral
  • Eden Translucent raspberry

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lilis Intense coral
  • Azure Metallic blue green
  • Bel-argus Metallic blue

Availability: Chanel counters nationwide, May 2013

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Chanel Daydream (174) Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer
Chanel Daydream Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense metallic fuchsia.” It’s a fuchsia-red with fuchsia and silver sparkle. Guerlain Cherry Swing is lighter and has gold shimmer, but they are similar applied. MAC Totally Fab is redder. Lancome Sienne Ultime is slightly redder and less shimmery/glossy.

This spring, Chanel’s refreshed the Glossimer range with a few new shades, and Daydream is one of them. The Glossimer range is intended to vary from “simply sheer … to intense” with “subtle sheen to sparkly metallic [finishes].” Beyond that, the formula is supposed to be conditioning  comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. For those who have lamented over the lack of color in Chanel’s recent limited edition Glossimer releases, you’ll appreciate the semi-opaque color coverage of Daydream. It’s richer in color and still has plenty of sparkle to dance and glimmer in the light, while the color itself isn’t too red or fuchsia, and the result is something slightly muted and balanced between the two. Daydream lasted five hours on me, which was an hour above average. It’s lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and never gets gritty (and the sparkle doesn’t travel).

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Daydream
Daydream
Daydream
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Chanel Taboo Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Taboo Le Vernis
Chanel Taboo Le Vernis

Chanel Taboo Le Vernis ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “violine with red iridescence.” They should call it “Galaxy in a Bottle.” It’s a rich, deepened red-toned purple with iridescent shimmer that reflects red, violet, pink, and coppery-red. Dior Shadow is a warmer (more eggplant-like) purple with coppery-red shimmer. Cult Nails Spontaneous is a lighter, plummy purple with flecks of purple sparkle. Estee lauder Extravagant Night is warmer with much larger sparkle–and it’s a mix of plum and gold. Zoya Valerie is redder, warmer, and has larger shimmer.

Taboo is stunning. It’s a paint-one-nail-and-pause-for-effect–it’s that show-stopping–and it’s not just an effect visible in bright light or if you hold your fingertips close to your eyes, as you can see the shimmer dance and sparkle even at a distance.  It’s very nearly opaque in a single coat, but I did apply two coats for full opacity.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed beautifully across the nail–no pooling, streaking, or bubbling.  It dries down to a naturally shiny finish, but I’d recommend adding a top coat to really make it sing. Taboo is exactly what high-end, luxury polish should be:  interesting, complex, highly-pigmented, flawless application.  I normally get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with no chipping, just minor tip wear.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Taboo
Taboo
Taboo
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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