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Chanel Complice Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a soft, delicate peach with a subtle hint of pink. The finish is highly frosted, borderline metallic. MAC Fusion Gold is slightly darker. theBalm Stubborn is very similar but less shimmery. MAC Nubile is a little lighter. MAC Orb is similar but has a nearly matte finish. Urban Decay Scratch is barely pinker and has more of a sheen. theBalm Luscious Lani is more metallic and peachy.

This kind of shade usually receives two types of responses:  “This is my holy grail everyday shade!” and “This is SO dupeable, who would ever pay that much for it?”  Complice is a dupeable shade to say the least! There were numerous dupes (mentioned above) that were very, very close.  I think what will set it apart for those who typically purchase high-end is the texture.  Chanel’s Soft Touch Eyeshadows are exactly that: soft to the touch; insanely finely-milled to the point that they almost feel like a cream, because they’re so soft and buttery. They tend to melt against the skin once applied.  It is a great everyday shade, because it brightens and wakes up the most tired eyes with its slightly warm, shimmery look.

When I wore Complice for wear, it wore for a full eight hours without creasing, whether over a primer or on bare lids. The color payoff was a little sheer when I swatched it initially, but it was mostly opaque on the lid when I applied it with a brush. It definitely looked best when applied over a primer, though.

P.S. — I hope to review the other shades from the fall collection, but my order from Nordstrom’s is still in transit so sit tight. 🙂

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Complice
Complice
Complice
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “mix of pale gold and luminous silver.” Which would be pewter, really, except it’s more of a muted champagne gold chocked full of shimmer. The finish is metallic foil. Chanel Delight has a comparable finish but it’s very bronzy in comparison. OCC Cruising is very gold. Urban Decay Superfreak is similar but a little lighter–less golden. Dior Timeless Gold is more pewter, so it has less gold and more silver in it. China Glaze Midnight Kiss is much more golden. Illamasqua recently came out with Swinger, which I do have to review but haven’t photographed or swatched it (still in its box so no fingerprints get on it!), that may be similar as well.

It’s pretty much opaque in one coat, and I only used one coat in the swatches because it was so, so opaque, I wanted to be sure to capture and convey it to you.  There are visible brush strokes, but they’re more minimized than they usually are in this type of a finish. It’s impressive, only because it’s hard to achieve, but they’re still there–I did feel like they were easier to control and get to look straight.  It dries down to a semi-matte finish, though it still reflects because of how shimmer-loaded it is.  The consistency wasn’t thick, but it wasn’t thin; it could have been a smidgen thinner I think. I’d have preferred to have more control with a thinner formula and need two coats. I typically get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula; no chipping but minimal tip wear.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Diwali
Diwali
Diwali
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

Chanel Miroir Miroir Film

Chanel Miroir Miroir Film

Interview with Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup…

Q. After “Here comes the Beauty Pack” and “Shade Parade” what was your inspiration for this video? What message did you wish to express?

Various elements came into account in the realization of this film. I wanted to do a film, a teaser, to announce the coming lipstick event that CHANEL is doing around our Rouge Allure line. I also was very inspired by the Paris Bombay Show that we did last December.

Q. The usage of a mask often occurs in your work, why the use of the mirror effect? What is the hidden message?

There is no hidden message behind this makeup. I was mainly inspired by an editorial makeup I did a few years ago. It was a composition of pieces of crystals and mirrors that I applied on a girls face. We did some amazing pictures, but I always felt a bit frustrated that we never captured this makeup in movement. I loved the sparkling, hypnotizing effect, which, unfortunately, you partially loose in a still image. When the idea of doing a film around the lipsticks and Paris Bombay started growing in my head, I actually found a platform to recreate this mirror face. The concept complimented the shades and the hypnotizing, psychedelic aspect fitted well with the Indian theme.

Q. How were these masks created?

The “mirror look” isn’t an actual mask. The pieces of crystals and mirrors are individually applied onto the face. The composition is created around the central mirror that’s applied on the forehead as a third eye, surrounded by a peacock-tail motive. The whole face is covered with pieces of crystals and mirrors to create a mesmerizing effect. The only touch of color is the changing lip shades. The application of the crystals and mirrors took a good 4 hours.

Q. What makeup products were used for this shooting to enhance the eyes and the mouth?

I kept the eyes almost naked. I only curled the lashes, applied Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Ivory and our Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Clair on the eyes, and that’s it. On the lips I applied 5 different, new shades of Rouge Allure lipstick: Pimpante, Excentrique, Enjouée, Exaltée, Palpitante.

Q. Any interesting anecdotes on the shooting?

The brightest sparkle of this shooting, was our model, Inguna. She was truly amazing, her beauty and patience made it for the whole team an even better experience.

Q. Who is the model?

Inguna Butane.

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Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder ($80.00 for 0.53 oz.) is described as a “golden powder” that acts as a highlighter for cheekbones and eyelids. It’s a light-medium yellow gold with a frosted shimmer-sheen. I couldn’t think of a cheek product that’s quite this yellow. Chanel Shimmering Tweed came the closest, but it is darker, more bronzy. Chanel Empreinte de Chanel is more orange. theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer is a softer, lighter gold with subtler yellow undertones (think more of a white gold). Now, there are several eyeshadows that come close! Chanel Blazing Gold is slightly darker. MAC Goldmine is more orange. Urban Decay Eldorado is perhaps a hint les yellow. Make Up For Ever #10 is a smidgen darker.

It’s a pretty highlighter with strong, yellow coloring, so it will be more flattering on warmer complexions, but it doesn’t run orange and there’s a little paleness to it that seems to neutralize some of the yellowy gold tones.  The powder is surprisingly pigmented–you can really achieve true-to-pan color if you so desire.  It does have a silver glitter overlay that gets swept away after the first use (and I’d advise removing it if you don’t want a few stray flecks of glitter on your cheeks).  Despite the high frost and shimmer in the highlighter’s finish, it didn’t emphasize pores or the natural texture of the skin, like many other frosted finishes do.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and allows for easy blending during application.  I haven’t been so lucky with the wear on some of the recent powder releases by Chanel, but Routes des Indes de Chanel wore magnificently for eight hours; no fading, separating, or signs of going away.

If you love whoa! highlighters that are all about delivering a full-on glow, I think you might find Routes des Indes de Chanel worth checking out–if you’re able to sneak a peek at it in stores.  I know that majority of distribution is online through Chanel’s website, which makes it a rather spendy item to buy sight unseen.  It’s a bit of a collector’s piece, I’d say, with the price tag and design. You’re not going to see me ever comfortable with pushing something at this price point with a “must have! you will die without it!” (I don’t know if I’ve ever said that about any product!) It’s a very nice powder, enjoyable, and performs exceptionally well. But it definitely comes with a grimace-worthy price tag for most.

Chanel Illuminating Powder Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Chanel Fall 2012 Collection – Les Essentiels de Chanel


Chanel Fall 2012 Collection – Les Essentiels de Chanel

The little black dress, the quilted handbag, the two-toned shoe — the iconic essentials created by Coco Chanel inspire Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, to create the elegant Fall 2012 Collection, LES ESSENTIELS DE CHANEL. Classic pinks and natural beiges soften the face and lips while fuschia and modern black dress the nails.

Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges / Illuminating Powder with Shimmer ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

This highlighting face powder epitomizes the modern-classic look of Fall beauty and the artistry of Chanel. Enchantingly rendered to resemble sequins, the duo of lighter and darker beige shades blends together harmoniously for a subtly iridescent complexion, extending a summer glow.

Les 4 Ombres / Quadra Eyeshadow ($58.00)

  • Premier Regard Taupe brown, tender pink, beige and intense black

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

  • Noir Intense Intense black
  • Silver Light Silver (Limited Edition)

Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50)

  • Complice Soft peach
  • Eclaire Sheer gold
  • Furtif Silver-grey
  • Infini Silver

Joues Contraste / Powder Blush ($43.00)

  • Rose Initiale Peach pink

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($26.00)

  • Vertigo Grey-black
  • Suspicious Fuchsia
  • Frenzy Lilac grey

Rouge Coco / Hydrating Creme Lip Colour ($32.50)

  • Caractere Rose brown

Rouge Coco Shine / Hydrating Sheer Lipshine ($32.50)

  • Chic Beige
  • Parfait Tender pink

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($29.50)

  • Sweet Beige Beige shimmer

Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss / Pure Shine Intense Colour Long-wear Lipgloss ($32.00)

  • Troublant Rose brown (Limited Edition)
  • Caprice Delicate pink (Limited Edition)

Rouge Double Intensite / Ultra Wear Lip Colour ($34.00)

  • Almandine Red plum

Le Crayon Levres / Precision Lip Definer ($29.00)

  • Amarante Violet plum

Availability: July 2012

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Chanel Bombay Express de Chanel Collection


Chanel Bombay Express de Chanel Collection

Each year, the CHANEL Métiers d’Art fashion show celebrates the exceptional talent of the Métiers Houses, pairing their know-how with a legendary destination. This year, Bombay Express de CHANEL showcases a specific vision of India. Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, intensifies the proportions of iconic Indian eye makeup to give it a universal character.

Graphic makeup with saturated colour blocks stretches out from the corner of the eye to express strength and femininity. Eyes succumb to the boldness and mystery of a black eyeshadow in all its nuances with ILLUSION D’OMBRE Mirifique. The rest of the face focuses on gold and light. The Exclusive Creation of the Collection is a precious, evanescent golden powder to dab onto cheekbones and eyelids in scintillating touches. In its classic black-lacquered case, ROUTE DES INDES DE CHANEL recreates an embossed motif of a rare fabric, a piece of bronze brocade from an Indian-influenced collection created by Gabrielle Chanel in the 1960s. A stroke of blush structures the face and warms the translucent complexion with the hint of an elegant and sunny earth tone. Lips remain natural, enhanced by the luster of luminous beige shimmering with gold. On nails, an original nail polish mixing pale gold and silver recalls the traditional festival of lights, for which it was named Diwali.

Includes:

  • Diwali Le Vernis ($30.00) Pale gold and silver
  • Brume d’Or Joues Contraste ($43.00) Earth tones
  • Routes des Indes de Chanel ($80.00) Evanescent golden powder
  • Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine ($32.50) Luster of luminous beige
  • Mirifique Illusion d’Ombre ($36.00) Black

Availability: Now @ Chanel.com

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