Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Summer Collection definitely stirred up some beauty temptations when we first learned about it. I ended up with most of the collection, and you’ll definitely get a full review soon I thought I’d break it up a bit, so you can at least get a sneak peek for now! My Nordstrom did have the summer collection on counter already, so I bet yours does, too — if you and Chanel are likethis, get your bum over to your local beauty counter!
Pictured above is the Iridescent Effects Eyes in Plein Soleil ($56.00), and it is an eyeshadow quad. It features four bronzy colors, ranging from coppery bronze to peach-bronze to medium bronze to deep, dark bronze. In-store, it swatched a little sketchy, but I was thinking that it might have just been because of the oil and gunk build-up from other customers swatching. However, the swatches included in this post are from the one I purchased, so it’s fresh and clean, and yet the colors didn’t quite swatch as smoothly as I would expect of Chanel. I’m definitely going to have to do a look or two with the quad to determine whether it will earn a spot in my beauty stash for keeps!
The next item I’d like to let you in on is Aqualumiere Gloss in Candy Glow ($27.00), which is part of Chanel’s normal Aqualumiere Gloss line-up, but it is repromoted with this launch. I’m not a huge glossimer fan (though I’m slowly warming up to them), but I adore the Aqualumiere Gloss formula. Talk about thick, non-sticky, pigmented goodness. Candy Glow is a pinky-coral with gold shimmer gloss that is so up my alley! I have the other three that came out with the launch, and they are equally as lovely, but I will tell you more next time
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Chanel Summer 2009 Makeup Collection
From elegant monte carlo to the seaside of Deauville, Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite resort destinations are re-imagined in the Chanel Summer 2009 Makeup Collection. Cool corals, sun-soaked reds, sandy-pink beiges, lush peaches and shimmering coppers with a touch of rose define this summer’s vibrant beauty.
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Powder (Limited Edition)
A quartet of complementary shades – bronze, copper, pink and pale beige — delivers a subtle, natural glow.
Soleil Tan de Chanel Precious Bronzing Loose Powder (Limited Edition)
Lightweight powder formula gives skin a naturally beautiful, sun-kissed look.
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base
Light cream-gel bronzing formula allows you to smooth on the perfect shade of tan, while the velvety finish leaves your skin glowing.
Accent warm bronzed skin with juicy berry tones and gleaming sheer shades using AQUALUMIÈRE Sheer Colour Lipshine SPF 15 in Ischia (rose violet), Lipari (strawberry), Porto Rotondo (red), Salina (beige), Panarea (brown) and Monte-Carlo (red coral) — or AQUALUMIÈRE GLOSS in Cherry Blossom (cerise), Tangerine Dream (coral) and Ginger Shimmer (copper gold). Saturate lips in long-lasting colour with ROUGE DOUBLE INTENSITÉ Ultra Wear Lip Colour in Rose Agate (pink-brown).
Discreetly highlighting summer’s best-dressed eyes: four pyramids of shimmering colour with eye-catching, three-dimensional effects. Each shade in LUMIÈRE FACETTES Iridescent Effects Eyes In Plein Soleil can be worn individually, in complementary pairs, or in striking contrast. Or, for a long-lasting iridescent finish, adorn lids with OMBRE D’EAU Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Seashore (copper rose).
Add a flush of warmth to cheeks with JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in In Love (coral).
Drench nails in exuberant accents of the summer season with LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Orange Fizz (coral) and Golden Sand (copper).
Availability: April 2009 on-counter. Currently available on Chanel’s website — just go to individual product categories and you’ll find the new shades!
Chanel Wild Rose Glossimer ($26.00) is the perfect color if you’ve been looking for a gloss that just subtly enhances your natural lip color by adding a slicked pinked blush and just-barely-visible shimmer to reflect light.
When I first swatched Wild Rose, it looked absolutely gorgeous and lush on the back of my hand. It also looked way more pigmented, so when I actually went to use it… it was not what I was expecting. My immediate reaction was “return, stat!” but since I don’t go to the mall too often, it’s still in my possession. After wearing it a few times, I’ve decided that it makes a nice go-to gloss for everyday wear aka when I’m too lazy to wear any makeup. I just brush this on and my lips look more alive, and my face is a bit brighter.
I like my-lips-but-better (MLBB) colors from time to time, and I do think everyone should have at least one gloss and one lipstick that fits the MLBB criteria. They are colors that will never go out of style, date you, make you look older or younger… they are natural and sophisticated. Exactly what we all need every once in awhile!
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As promised, here are some swatches of the lip products from Chanel’s Bohemian Fantasy Collection for Spring. Swatches and lip swatches await! Continue reading →
Here are some product close-ups of Chanel’s Magic Night ombre essentielle eyeshadow and Chanel’s Fandango blush. Plus, swatches of those two as well as Chanel’s Delta ombre ‘eau (liquid eyeshadow). I have not yet had a chance to try Fandago yet, so I can’t report on whether it ends up turning to mud on my cheeks yet!
See a close-up of Fandango + swatches! Continue reading →
Vendetta Le Vernis
In my earlier Chanel Bohemian Fantasy Review, I mentioned I was going to review and feature the nail polishes separately–and here it is! The reason why I wanted to separate it out is because…
If there is just ONE nail polish you buy this spring season, make it VENDETTA LE VERNIS ($23.00).
Vendetta is this amazing shade of dark, jewel-toned purple that looks purple and reflects such a seductive shade of violet when the light hits it, it just cannot be overlooked. The shimmer level is fantastic; it’s noticeable and adds dimension without being frosty or gritty.
I’ve always been a big fan of Le Vernis, because I find my nails do not chip, and the polish wears really well. I don’t find a need to touch-up, and I can wear Le Vernis on my nails for at least week without feeling like I need to re-do.
Poor Django! Vendetta completely outdoes it in every way imaginable except, perhaps, how wearable it is. You can wear Django anywhere: the office, work events, school, etc. It’s a creamy, pale peach-beige shade. It’s very pretty, don’t get me wrong! It’s just not as eye-catching as Vendetta. I love me a good work-safe polish color, but Vendetta has stolen my heart.
See nail swatches of the two new polish shades, as well as Django… Continue reading →