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Chanel Les Expressions de Chanel 2012


Chanel Les Expressions de Chanel 2012

Eyes speak volumes with elegant eyeshadow harmonies that accentuate the dramatic new lash look of LE VOLUME DE CHANEL Mascara. The essential eyeshadow compact with countless options, LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow introduces new shade harmonies with complementary colour. The intense shimmer of ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow debuts dramatic new hues, to highlight eyes with beautiful contrast and bold glow.

Ligne Graphique de Chanel / Liquid Eyeliner ($34.00)

  • Noir Black
  • Purple Purple
  • Platine Silver-grey (Limited Edition)

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara ($30.00)

  • Noir Black

Les 4 Ombres / Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00)

  • Spices (Existing)
  • Intuition Light pink, gold, chocolate brown, brown-grey
  • Variation Light rose, silver-grey, deep purple, light shimmering plum

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

  • Illusoire (Existing)
  • Abstraction Peach rose
  • Vision Gold

Availability: Department and specialty stores, chanel.com, November 2012

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Chanel Pimpante Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Pimpante Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Pimpante Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Pimpante Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened tangerine orange. It has a very faint tint of pink along with a golden peach shimmer-sheen. When applied, if you have any natural pink tones in your lips, it tends to look more coral (as it does on me). Burberry Devon Sunset is pinker and less shimmery. MAC Jazzed is lighter, peachier. Chanel Chalys is darker, redder, less shimmery. Chanel Ruban Rose is lighter, more frosted.

It’s mostly opaque, but there’s a bit of sheerness there that allows the natural lip color to come through enough to alter the color (and in my case, add more pink to it).   I can see Pimpante working well on neutral to warmer complexions. It may be a little orange on cooler complexions, but the translucency will tone it down.  It wore for four hours on me, and when I wore it back-to-back, it was slightly drying.  The frosted finish without a creamier formula left my lips looking less-than-stellar.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Pimpante
Pimpante
Pimpante
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark red with ruby red shimmer. Guerlain Lou-Ling is similar in the base color, but it doesn’t have the same ruby shimmer. MAC Gadabout Girl is darker, no shimmer. MAC Vintage Vamp is browner and has no shimmer. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies has a similar base color but is a cream. China Glaze Velvet Bow also is similar to the base color but doesn’t have any shimmer. Illamasqua Scarab is redder, warmer.

Malice is a stunner in person. It’s so rich and dark, but it doesn’t lose its color to black–it’s definitely a burgundy-red with a little wine-tint to it. Then there’s the ruby shimmer that catches light so well.  Chanel nailed this polish; the consistency was a dream to work with, as it flowed across the nail without pooling, streaky, or bubbling.  It wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was fully opaque after two coats (one is almost enough).  It even had a slightly glossy shine to it naturally, though I’d still recommend a top coat to get the most out of this polish.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Chanel’s formula.

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

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Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is bright fuchsia pink with iridescent fuchsia-pink shimmer. It’s almost as bright applied to lips as it appears in the tube. The finish is fairly frosty. Le Metier de Beaute Paris is darker, more magenta. MAC Pink Pigeon is much cooler-toned and doesn’t have shimmer. NYX Pink Lyric is similar but doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Show Orchid is more intense, slightly darker. Illamasqua Welt is pinker.

Of the new Rouge Allures that I’ve reviewed so far, I liked Extatique the least, as far as the formula went. There’s something about this shade that yielded a drier consistency, and with the frosted finish, I felt it looked dry on my lips, too. It wasn’t hydrating when I wore it, though it lasted six hours, and I wouldn’t say it dried my lips out.  The texture could be creamier, and for a formula described as hydrating, this falls short.  It did deliver mostly opaque color payoff (and it seemed sheer when swatched, so I was happy to see it was as pigmented as Chanel describes).

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Extatique
Extatique
Extatique
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder ($52.00 for 1.0 oz.) is described as a “rosy golden beige.” I think Chanel missed a vital component of the description, though: LOTS AND LOTS OF SPARKLING BITS AND BOBS. The base color is a soft, candlelit beige with a hint of warmth and pinkness that features flecks of sparkle. It seems less sparkly compared to last holiday’s Feerie (which I don’t own but saw briefly). If you’re not a fan of loose sparkle in your face powders, I’d pass on this. It’s a finishing powder that mattifies and sets makeup, but it also had noticeable bits of sparkle everywhere I applied it. I barely patted it on, and there was a healthy blanket of sparkle all over my face (well, the half I applied it to).

The good and bad news is that you can’t really see it in the photos. You can definitely see it in person, though. We were waiting for some to-go food when I was testing it, and my husband looked at me strangely and said, “You have glitter all over your face.” Why, yes, yes, I did! I’d describe the particle size to be more that of sparkle, so noticeably smaller than glitter but larger than shimmer and more reflective. It’s not so densely-packed with sparkle that every inch of your skin is sparkly, but it’s definitely apparent.

I’m not keen on it as a finishing powder; I think the random sparkles take away from the mattifying, finishing effect of the powder itself. I’d rather grab one of the flesh-toned shades (although, this is really quite transparent on, as finishing powders are designed to be) that do just that but do not have any sparkle. However, The Muse loves it, so give her a review a look-see for some balance. With the amount of sparkle in this, I thought it was better suited for holiday glitz on shoulders and decolletage. It would even work well on legs and arms. Now that I think of it that way, it reminds me of an old Benefit powder that was a sparkly powder that came with an elegant, over-sized pouf to apply, which was quite fun and pretty for body.

The powder itself does mattify and finish off foundation quite well, and it helps keep my foundation in place and to last longer by extending the wear an hour or two hours. I don’t think it hides imperfections, though, because the sparkle draws attention to them.  It’s extremely finely-milled and feels truly like silk against the skin.  It’s lightweight, doesn’t look cakey, and should work well on many complexions.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder Reverie
Reverie
Reverie
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Destination Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pale-satin shade [that] adds a silver-blue accent to eyes.” It’s a subdued, silver-ish blue with a frosted, metallic finish. When sheered out, it’s almost more silver-white with just a hint of blue. MAC Bright Moon is darker, grayer. Buxom Husky is bluer and lighter–more sky blue. Urban Decay Strip is a bit darker. Urban Decay Mary Jane is also similar, a bit bluer–richer. Inglot #429 is more periwinkle.

I’ve been wanting to review this for awhile, but it’s been sold out online (sold out before I even received mine!) and though it was supposed to be available at regular counters/retailers, I’ve yet to see it pop up online. Luckily, when I checked this weekend, it’s back in stock on Chanel.com. Sometimes I love Illusion d’Ombres, and sometimes, they’re a bit of a miss. Destination is more of a miss for me, unfortunately.

The downfall of Destination is that it doesn’t apply opaque, even if you make an attempt to build it, because it doesn’t apply very evenly. It’s a little splotchy and patchy. As a result, it works better as a base color or applied very sheerly as a wash of shimmer. I think other shades within the formula do a better job of merely illuminating eyes if that was your goal. Destination wore for six hours well, but by eight hours, there was noticeable fading.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Destination
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

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