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Chanel Empire Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Empire Rouge Allure Laque
Chanel Empire Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Holiday 2011: Empire Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Empire Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a pop of bright, summery watermelon pink with yellow undertones and gold shimmer. I don’t think of this shade at all when I think about holiday; it reads summery to me, though I wouldn’t let that stop me from wearing it in December. It’s mostly opaque, though there is a slight translucence that allows some of the natural lip color peek through. Initially, I was worried it might compare to Chanel Phoenix, but it’s not even in the same realm; Phoenix is a vibrant, deep pink with a hint of coral. MAC Speed Dial is lighter and a little cool-toned. Guerlain Gemma is fairly similar but a touch lighter and has more of a golden sheen than shimmer.

The Rouge Allure Laque formula is best described as liquid lipstick, because it feels more like a liquid lipstick than it does a gloss; it’s thin but pigmented. It glides on with enough slip that it doesn’t feather or bleed. I wore this by itself, and it wore for five hours before starting to fade.

 

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque Empire
Empire
Empire
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Chanel Blazing Gold Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Blazing Gold Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Blazing Gold Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Holiday 2011: Blazing Gold Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Blazing Gold Ombre Essentielle ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a yellow gold with chunky gold sparkle. Unlike Beige Lame, this one was disappointing. The powder was soft but gritty–the larger sparkle didn’t seem to adhere and meld with the base color but separated from it. It resulted in poorer color payoff; it was sheer and uneven, and boy, it was a pain in the behind to apply. There was fall out all over the place!  There are many golds that compare well to this one, and often, they are better in texture and overall quality. You might consider Bare Escentuals Aspire, MAC Goldmine, or Make Up For Ever #10.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Blazing Gold
7
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Holiday 2011: Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark beige with multi-colored sparkles and a subtle hint of rose. The color payoff is nice with full color and true-to-pan color in one go. It translates exceptionally well on the lid–it really gives color and oomph without being over-the-top, smoky, or bright. You could wear it as a sheer wash of color or more opaque (which is how I wore it). I love that the multi-colored sparkle actually shows up on the lid and doesn’t end up all over your face, which was a bit of a surprise! The texture of Chanel’s individual eyeshadows is silky soft and very finely-milled; these two attributes combine to create an eyeshadow applies smoothly and blends out effortlessly.

Urban Decay Spotlight is cooler-toned and doesn’t have the sparkle. MAC Moleskin is similar in the base color but doesn’t have the sparkle either.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Beige Lame
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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Chanel Tweed Brun Rose Les Tissages de Chanel

Chanel Tweed Brun Rose Les Tissages de Chanel
Chanel Tweed Brun Rose Les Tissages de Chanel

Chanel Holiday 2011: Tweed Brun Rose Les Tissages de Chanel

Chanel Chanel Tweed Brun Rose Les Tissages de Chanel ($45.00 for 0.19 oz.) is pop of coral-orange with a surprisingly level of brightness. It looks more muted in the pan, but it can be rather vivacious when swatched. The golden shimmer woven on the top is just that, an overlay, so you won’t find the larger golden shimmer particles throughout the powder. What you will find is more of a pearled sheen; not too frosted but certainly not matte. It reminded me of MAC Ripe Peach, actually, though this has less pink, which means it can also compare to MAC Marine Life, which has more of a golden sheen.

Like most Chanel powder products, it is very soft and finely-milled, so it can be easily blended out to a softer color as well. I did find that the texture, despite its softness, leaned on the powdery side, which did translate when worn (less of an issue if you have oily skin, but if you have drier skin, it may be problematic). It wore for around seven hours and looked a bit faded by eight, though still visible.

 

Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect Tweed Brun Rose
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder
Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder ($72.00 for 0.46 oz.) is an intricately embossed illumatinating powder that “gently highlights the skin with a sheer blend of tender pink and pearlescence.”  Of all the products I purchased from the holiday collection, I figured this was the one readers would be most interested in.

On me, it swatches as a pale beige with a soft shimmer and sheen–but it’s so light against my skin tone that it reads powdery. It applies much lighter than it looks in the pan.  When applied on cheek bones, I felt the powderiness of the product was further emphasized. I had to use either an extremely light hand and barely dust on product or blend, blend, blend it away so it looked less ghost-like. It catches the light well and seems to photograph better than it looks in real life, which emphasizes my pore size and just seems to sit on the top of skin, rather than really melt into it.

For lighter complexions, it would work better–as compared to my medium skin tone–because it will be similar to your natural skin tone and will highlight without lightening. I don’t like the powdery, almost chalky appearance it has on my skin. It wore for six hours before beginning to fade, and by the eighth hour, it was no longer noticeable.

The powder itself is soft and finely-milled, though the larger shimmer is merely an overlay, so underneath is a more refined, less shimmery, more sheen kind of finish. Because of the silkiness in texture, it is easy to blend but just doesn’t seem to lay as well on the skin as other Chanel powder products have in the past.  It’s soft but powdery and kicks up a fair amount of excess product when you go to use it.

It reminded me of a lot of the lighter highlighters I’ve come across, like MAC Lightscapade, Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (significantly more metallic), and MAC Too Chic.

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 Sneak Peek


Photo by Vincent Lappartient

Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 Sneak Peek

Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup used the following Chanel products to create the runway beauty looks:

  • Face: Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup SPF (April 2012), Natural Finish Loose Powder, Highlighting Face Pen, Long Lasting Concealer
  • Eyes: Fantasme and Emerveille Illusion d’Ombre, Ebene Stylo Yeux Waterproof, Clair Le Crayon Khol, Crayon Sourcils, Inimitable Waterproof Mascara, Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler
  • Cheeks: Blush Horizon de Chanel Glowing Blush Harmony (January 2012)
  • Lips: Rouge Coco Baume Hydrating Lip Balm (January 2012), Plaisir Glossimer (March 2012)
  • Nails: April, May, and June Le Vernis Nail Colours (January 2012)

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