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Chanel Peche Cuivre Le Crayon Khol

Chanel Peche Cuivre Le Crayon Khol
Chanel Peche Cuivre Le Crayon Khol

Chanel Peche Cuivre Le Crayon Khol

Chanel Peche Cuivre Le Crayon Khol ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a golden peach with a subtly metallic finish. It’s actually very similar to Giorgio Armani’s #5 Copper from the holidays–it might be the faintest bit darker.  This shade is one that is best as a brightener–it’s the kind of hue that works really well on the water line to wake up peepers, but the texture of this doesn’t lend itself to comfortable application on the water line.

The formula is supposed to have “rich, intense” color with a “semi-matte finish.” It is also listed as safe for usage on the rim of the eye. Each of Chanel’s pencil eyeliners comes with its own sharpener. The color applies mostly opaque in one pass, but it requires a lot of pressure to get it to apply evenly in one go. I’m not keen on the hard, dry texture of the pencil; it feels rough against the lash line. It will pull and tug noticeably, and I ended up having to go back and forth several times rather than exert more pressure as it wasn’t comfortable to use otherwise.

This color may be most striking on deeper skin tones, because on my complexion, it just gets lost.  It only wore for six hours before looking faded; this combined with the harder texture makes this a disappointment.  Chanel’s Le Crayon Yeux is a much better formula, so I was really shocked at how different (in a bad way) this formula was.  Eyeliners really need to be soft, provide good color payoff, and wear long and well.  I think there are too many stellar eyeliner formulas on the market to make excuses for under-performers.

Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil Peche Cuivre
6.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3
Application
66%
Total

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Chanel Sirocco Glossimer

Chanel Sirocco Glossimer
Chanel Sirocco Glossimer

Chanel Sirocco Glossimer

Chanel Sirocco Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 oz.) might look like a soft peachy gold in the tube, but it’s virtually colorless on the lips. The base is mostly clear on my lips with a fine dusting of pale peach shimmer–it’s very subtle, barely-there shimmer. From afar, it looks like I’m wearing clear gloss or some shiny lip balm. The dupes are endless! Any gloss that has a tiny bit of shimmer but is otherwise clear will do.

Chanel’s signature gloss formula is supposed to deliver shimmer and “high-shine glow” with shades that range from “sheer and natural” to “sparkling and rich.” The formula is supposed to be both comfortable and long-wearing. Though it can be hard to make the distinction, there is a line between sheer and clear. If you want a comfortable, hydrating product that doesn’t have any color, I think you ought to opt for lip balm, which will do a better job at moisturizing your lips.  This is just too close to clear to be “sheer and natural” to me.  Maybe if there was more shimmer or even the slightest tint to the base color it would reach a level of sheer that makes sense.

I totally get the appeal of Glossimers; they can be really dazzling and sparkling, nearly breathtaking in the sunlight, but this lacks the shimmer that gives that effect.  I’m a fan of the formula, generally speaking, but some of the more recent releases have been disappointing.  Sirocco lasts about two and a half hours before the shine is gone, and since there really isn’t any color, the rest of it appears to be gone, too.  The texture is thin without being too thin, comfortable, non-sticky, and keeps lips feeling good while its on.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Sirocco
Sirocco
Sirocco
7
Product
2
Pigmentation
9
Texture
4
Longevity
4
Application
58%
Total

Chanel Holiday Le Vernis

Chanel Holiday Le Vernis
Chanel Holiday Le Vernis

Chanel Holiday Le Vernis

Chanel Holiday Le Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a bright medium-dark orange with a cream finish. MAC Morange is similar, a touch lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi is redder. MAC Kid Orange is redder. MAC Oriele is redder but muted. Essie Braziliant is darker, more red-toned.  It has some red undertones, but it’s more orange than red–definitely not coral.  There’s enough vibrancy for it to pop, but I wouldn’t describe it as a neon–there’s too much depth for that.

There’s definitely no shortage of orange nail polish options this summer! It seems like every major brand has launched at least one.  This shade seems a bit more dupeable, though it can be a little difficult to find an orange that is mostly orange, rather than orange-red, that isn’t neon.    It was opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly and fluidly–it was the easiest to apply out of the three in the summer collection.  The consistency was just a tiny bit thin. There was the slightest jelly-like quality to it, though it’s really a cream.  I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula, but I don’t have issues with nail polishes chipping on me aside from some matte formulas (with no base/top coat).

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Holiday
Holiday
Holiday
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

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Chanel Delight Le Vernis

Chanel Delight Le Vernis
Chanel Delight Le Vernis

Chanel Delight Le Vernis

Chanel Delight Le Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale golden bronze with lighter champagne, copper, and bronze shimmer. It has a strong metallic, almost foil-like, finish. Urban Decay Superfreak is more pewter-like; less bronzy, more silver-gold. OCC Cruising is a golden yellow. MAC Soiree is the closest I could think of, but it has a rosiness to it. China Glaze Jingle Bells is much yellower.

This actually could be a one-coater, and I liked the way it looked better at once coat–it almost gets a little too thick-looking (but it doesn’t seem thick in terms of actual, physical thickness). It was totally opaque in one coat, but I did swatches with two coats. The drying time on this is very quick, regardless of whether you’re doing one or two coats.  The texture was really fantastic on Delight; it wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed beautifully across the nail during application with no bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges.  Not many polishes chip on me, so I’ve had no problems with Chanel and wear–I get noticeable tip wear after a week of wear but no chipping.

Updated: Sorry, all! It was supposed to be A–I must have typed through the rating fields too quickly and hit A+ rather than A. Thanks for everyone who emailed and left comments telling me about my colossal error!

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

Chanel Summer 2012 Makeup Collection


Chanel Summer 2012 Makeup Collection

As longer days and warm, breezy nights herald the start of Summer, Chanel embraces the season and all the vibrant makeup hues it inspires. In the Summer 2012 Collection, SUMMERTIME DE CHANEL, Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, replicates the natural glow of sunbathed skin with luminous bronze, gold and copper tones. Playing up a radiant complexion: season-perfect lip shades, from fresh pastels to bright corals.

Soleil Tan de Chanel / Luminous Bronzing Powder ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

Two bronzers — each comprised of seven unique shades, including a luminous gold — lend subtle hints of warmth and shimmer to every complexion. A soft peach palette brings a fresh glow to lighter skin, while a deeper pink harmony lends radiance to darker tones. Blended together, the shades create a seamless bronzing effect; used on their own, the gold powders illuminate the complexion, while the darker shades sculpt the face when gently swept along its natural contours.

  • Sable Beige Golden beige (Limited Edition)
  • Sable Rose Golden pink (Limited Edition)

Ombres Contraste Duo / Eyeshadow Duo ($42.00)

  • Sable-Emouvant Beige and brown (Limited Edition)

Le Crayon Khol / Intense Eye Pencil ($28.00)

  • Peche Cuivre Coppery peach (Limited Edition)

Le Crayon Yeux / Precision Eye Definer ($29.00)

  • Brun Intense Deep brown (Limited Edition)

Rouge Coco Shine / Hydrating Sheer Lipshine ($32.00)

  • Empreinte Soft beige (Limited Edition)
  • En Vogue Bright coral (Limited Edition)

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($28.50)

  • Sirocco Beige (Limited Edition)
  • Calypso Coral (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($25.00)

  • Island Golden beige (Limited Edition)
  • Delight Bronze (Limited Edition)
  • Holiday Bright coral (Limited Edition)

availability: May 2012, but I saw it already online at Chanel

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Beautiful Beginnings with Chanel

Beautiful Beginnings with Chanel

What was the first Chanel product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Chanel product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  The very first Chanel products I ever tried and purchased were their Glossimers.  It took me many, many wears before I got the appeal of Glossimers, but eventually I did.  Chanel and I have a hit and miss relationship; sometimes I’m really unimpressed and other times I’m really in love.

Share your first time experiences with Chanel in the comments! 🙂

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