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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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5 Just Peachy Eyeshadows

5 Just Peachy Eyeshadows

Peach! What an interesting color–sometimes peach can read almost pink-peach, but I think it’s closer to yellow/orange with a general lightness that keeps it from being categorized as a yellow or orange. Here are my top five picks for peachy eyeshadows…

  1. theBalm Luscious Lani — soft peach beige with a frosted sheen
  2. Inglot #330 — matte pastel peach-orange
  3. Chanel Emerveille — shimmery peach beige
  4. MAC Orb — neutral peach beige
  5. Inglot #328 — matte yellowed peach

What’s your favorite peach eyeshadow?

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Chanel Island Le Vernis

Chanel Island Le Vernis
Chanel Island Le Vernis

Chanel Island Le Vernis

Chanel Island Le Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale golden beige with pink iridescence. It has a more metallic-like finish with heavily visible (and hard to control) brush strokes. It’s semi-opaque after two coats, and you could get it almost opaque with three. OCC Kava Kava is very similar in base color, though it doesn’t have the pink shimmer/flash. Urban Decay Fame is more beige. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani is darker.

The formula was thick, and the color was really prone to unevenness in both the general color (which, thankfully, is sheerer so it was more difficult to spot some of the unevenness) but the brush strokes just pulled and curved around. It looks like my hand was vibrating the whole time I did this, but I swear, it was as steady as I would ever be able to get it (I do have carpal tunnel, so I don’t have a surgeon’s steady hands by any means!). It will show any imperfection you have on the nail; on my pointer finger, there are two dents that go across horizontally, which ended up emphasized with this polish on top. You might want to use a ridge filler with this one or lightly buff nails (but never do it too much or too often). It has a long drying time, and it is not at all forgiving if you make your move for a second coat a moment too soon–it will pull at the base.

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). This shade was difficult to work with; it’s just too finicky and should be easier to apply at this price point. It is gorgeous and very work-friendly with a subtle, elegant twist as it flashes pink, but the formula is disappointing.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Island
Island
Island
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
77%
Total

Chanel Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine ($32.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a pale beige-rose with a subtle gray cast. There’s also a very subtle gold shimmer. Cle de Peau #129 is similar, though it applies pinker and warmer. MAC Win-Win has a totally different texture but appears a bit similar. MAC Lazy Day has a similar gray cast but is more opaque. Benefit Jing-a-ling is also pink with a gray cast but is also more opaque.  I caution you on comparison colors, though, because there’s enough translucency that and subtlety to this shade that I expect it to look a bit different person to person.

It has semi-sheer color coverage; at first glance, it will appear sheer or almost colorless, and that’s because it is nearly the exact color of my lips, and I don’t mean that in a my-lips-but-better kind of way–because I don’t like my natural lip color much (very corpse-like), so the result is just a more evened out corpse-like color. So it’s not my take on MLBB myself, but it could work for someone with more naturally pigmented lips looking for a way to mute them here and there. If you’re scratching your head thinking, “No way this is semi-sheer,” I encourage you to look very specifically at the freckle on my lip–you can see how prominent it is on my bare lips, but you’ll see how much of it is covered/appears faded with this product on.

There are a lot of readers who love this formula, and while I like it, I’m not in love for two reasons: it’s not really moisturizing in my experience, and it wears off too quickly. It’s not drying, but it doesn’t hydrate my lips during the short time it lasts on my lips. I’m lucky if these last two hours (and I typically get four hours of wear out of lipsticks).  Empreinte lasted a whopping hour and a half.  What I like most about the formula is the consistency; it’s very soft, smooth, and has a lot of slip, so it glides on lips easily and feels really comfortable to wear. A small downside to slippery formulas is that it’s easy to over-apply and they do have a tendency to disappear faster than less slippery formulas.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Empreinte
Empreinte
Empreinte
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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