California ease, hipster cool, and true luxury intersect at Los Angeles’ hottest shopping spot, Robertson Boulevard. May 2008 brings a brand new reason to hit the block: the opening of the sparkling new Robertson Boulevard CHANEL boutique. To celebrate the occasion, Peter Philips, the new Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, has designed four limited-edition must-have nail colours, which will be exclusively available in-store.
This mini-collection of graphic, pop-art shades was inspired by the spirit of Robertson Boulevard itself, a young Hollywood hangout now famous for shopping sprees and see-and-be-seen lunch spots such as The Ivy. Just as Robertson offers a signature blend of trendiness and haute exclusivity, these nail colours are fresh, eclectic, fun — bright as a cloudless California day, and perfect for a destination where every shopper feels like a star.
MELROSE A fun, hot pink destined to become spring’s must-have pedicure
RODEO DRIVE A purple splash: girl power meets the power lunch
L.A. SUNRISE A primary yellow as bright and cheerful as its name
L.A. SUNSET A warm tangerine — just the thing for an afternoon shopping splurge
Available exclusively in-store at the Robertson Boulevard CHANEL Boutique beginning May 30th, 2008, on www.CHANEL.com in July 2008, or call 1.800.550.0005. Each lacquer is $25.00.
As I was catching up on my WWD beauty reading, I spotted this fantastic fall heads up!
The collection, due on counter in July, includes Gold Fiction, a softly shimmering nail polish, $30; Facettes D’Or, a finely milled gold loose powder that reads on the skin as a subtle glow, $56; Gold Light Glossimer lip gloss, $26; Rouge Hydrabase lipstick shades in copper, plum and coral, each $27, and a quad eye shadow palette with gold, coffee, ivory and dark green eye colors, $56.
That said, Dagousset believes that Gold Fiction will follow in the footsteps of Vamp, Black Satin and other best-selling Chanel nail polishes. “I think it will be huge,” said Dagousset. “It’s a soft honey gold, not a sparkling bright gold. It’s very wearable and very modern.” Another gold-hued nail shade expected to do well is Kaleidoscope, a shiny green gold, she said.
As well, Chanel will reprise — and amplify — gold in its holiday color collection, due out in October, with Poudre Precieuse Or, a gold highlighting powder that will retail for $75; Gold Shine, a gold Glossimer lip shade, $26; Noir Scintillant, a black eyeliner with gold sparkle, $28, and Haute Chocolate, a gold brown nail shade, $20.
You know what that means, right? I’m totally screwed. Golds and me are like chocolate and milk.
Rose Flamingo, Mauritius, Zanzibar
CHANEL launched their summer collection this past month (it’s amazing, Chanel launches their lines so early, but hey, it is great when you’re jonesing for a touch of summer!), which featured understated and sophisticated colors of rich browns and greens, with less emphasis on pastels. I think one of my favorite items out of the launch was the green from the Oasis quad ($55.00)–I couldn’t justify the full price of the quad just for the green, though.
I find that while Chanel’s quads are indisputably classy, I prefer the quality and payoff of soft touch shadows ($27.50) (if only Khaki was more olive and less cool!). One of my favorites is Gold (which I bought a year or so ago, and come to think of it, should dig it out and use it for once!) because it was such a marvelous highlighter. I bring that color up because Tigre is somewhat similar (and the name tempts me alone), but with more white and higher frost level. Nomade is a soft, pastel pink with gold flecks that reminds me of a grown-up pink, and it does remind me more of spring than summer, but mixed with Safari (rich bronze) I can see working well during the hotter months. Khaki is a cool, pastel green with medium frost finish. Both Tigre and Nomade are limited edition, but you can wait on Khaki and Safari if your budget doesn’t allow. (By the by, my heart stops every time I think of the price tag, so you’re not alone when your jaw drops!)
The Oasis quad is a good mix of colors, but I really do feel like it would be more fitting for autumn, maybe even later summer. The green is divine, as I’ve already mentioned, and there is an intense orange-bronze that looks lovely. The peachy pink and ultra soft pink do less for me, but they do make this quad a little less fall and more spring/summer. I found the lightest pink didn’t give me enough color for my liking, but the other three went on smoothly.
If you’ll remember my previous Chanel reviews, you’ll know I’m not a devoted follower of glossimers ($26.00) It is not that I dislike them, it is just that I am hard-pressed to pay $26 for a single gloss. It’s just hard! Many extol glossimers for their long-wearing, even-fading, adult shimmer, and non-sticky texture–things that are all true from my experience. Pinup (shimmery baby pink) and Seashell (creamy pale sheer pink) are both existing shades of glossimers while Gazelle is limited (and my girl Karen adores it). I think I would have been better suited to try Gazelle over Seashell, after seeing it swatched, because Seashell hardly showed up on my lips whatsoever, just a dash of shimmer.
Rouge Hydrabase Cream Lipstick, Rouge Allure Satin Lip Color, and Aqualumiere Sheer Lipshine are sure to make your head spin.
Rouge Hydrabase ($26.00) is a creamy, long-lasting formula with Vitamin E that is meant to give you medium coverage. Summer shades include Leopard and Rose Flamingo (both limited edition), with my favorite being Rose Flamingo beacuse it is a mauvey-pink that’s bold and yet not over the top. Like if you ever wanted to rock a hot pink lipstick but didn’t have the courage, this might be your solution.
Rouge Allure ($30.00) is a frostier formula with soft to medium coverage and average wear time (but it does come in a nifty gadget-esque tube). Even though you may feel like you get less lipstick in this formula, according to the box, it is the same weight as other formulas (because I instantly assumed that I was getting less for more money!). The summer’s Both Naive (soft nude pink) and Curious (brown-beige) are permanent choices.
Aqualumiere ($26.00) is sheer, creamy color with SPF 15. For summer, Chanel launched Mauritius (brown beige with peach reflects) and Zanzibar (warm coral beige), which are both limited edition. I found that these two shades were a bit too similar to each other to see in the same launch. On my lips, Mauritius is less wearable (too dark, a bit brown), though Zanzibar I can wear as an everyday color.
Availability: Chanel’s Summer 2008 collection is available at department counters, as well as Nordstrom.com.
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Part two of the Chanel Glossimer experiment, and while I might not have converted into a Chanel-gloss-only kind of gal, I definitely wouldn’t pass them up when offered them! The six up for review this time around are Pin-up, Constellation, Equinox, Scintillantes, Sundress, and Sungold. Quick summary? Sungold is one of my favorite glossimers I’ve tried to date, while Pin-up gives me a great barely-there pale, pink pout.
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Chanel’s Aurora Blues spring 2008 collection is centered around shades of icy blues, including Blue Satin, which is a dark, rich navy blue that’s nearly black with extremely subtle shimmer. It is already sold out at many online retailers (including Chanel’s site), but it is available at department stores already — I picked up mine just this Wednesday. Unfortunately, while they had the stock available, there was no display, so I couldn’t play with much and only purchased Blue Satin. I apologize for my shoddy application, in advance, as I was just testing it out and cleaned it up later.
What makes it worth it: If you are a fan of Chanel polishes, this one will not disappoint you in color pay off, texture, or application. What I have always liked about Chanel polishes is how much depth each color has, and I love that even one coat can almost be enough. Two coats makes it absolutely dreamy, but you would never even have to consider going for a third with a Chanel polish. The color itself is a gorgeous shimmery navy-blue-black in the sunlight, but in regular, indoor lighting, it looks like a matte blue-black (more like black with undertones of blue). I have heard some compare this to OPI’s Russian Navy, but I personally find that Russian Navy has too many purple-blue undertones and reflects to be a good substitute–at least not in terms of similarity–because Russian Navy is divine in its own right. The polish hasn’t chipped yet after three full days of wear, and I actually do not have much visible tip wear, either, which is surprising. This polish definitely holds up in terms of wear. Blue Satin is also ultra glossy, which I love, and the shine hasn’t worn off over tmie, either.
Why you might pass: I wish it had more noticeable shimmer, especially in regular lighting. Sure, it’s nice that there’s a different look to my nails in sunlight, but considering I’m indoors the majority of the time (hello, it’s cold outside!), I’d like a bit of reflecting shimmer from time to time. Also, the price of Chanel polishes are expensive: $19.00. This is not exactly an easy price to pay for a bottle of nail polish, especially when there are so many shades that are less than $6 a pop (so you could end up with three for the price of one Chanel polish!). I personally wouldn’t say that this shade is worth the $19.00 unless you’re a polish fan and addicted to blue hued lacquers. If you have the money to spend, go for it, because the shade is lovely, but there’s no shame in admitting that it’s out of your budget!
Chanel is often a brand that inspires jealousy, because the price point is just high enough that it is out of reach (or justification) for so many makeup addicts. I include myself in this group, because I tend not to be able to justify a purchase at Chanel, no matter how pretty everything looks to the eye. I recently tried four Chanel glossimers: Galaxy, Glaze, Spark (above), and Unity. I thought I would review them for those who have only admired, but never put down the money for them before.
What they are: Glossimers are thick glosses that come in a variety of colors, opacities, and shimmer amounts. Some, like Glaze, are buttery and have nearly no shimmer and go on sheerly; while others, like Galaxy, are opaque and with plenty of sparkles. Like most lipglosses, opacity depends on the gloss itself, so it’s always a good idea to test when you are able to; sheerer glosses will enhance or add shimmer and a tint of color to your natural lip color. In general, I prefer my glosses to be opaque in color, because if I wanted my natural lip color, I’d go with a clear gloss.
What I liked: I did like the amount of shimmer found in the glosses, and I felt like they reflected and shimmered in just the right way. They have a full range of glosses to choose from, which means you’re bound to find a few that suit your tastes and style. In general, they’re smooth, gel-like and don’t have too much stickiness (some say none at all, I felt there was a bit, here and there). These would look amazing over lipsticks, though.
What I didn’t like: I just have trouble succumbing to the cult of Chanel glossimers, because I don’t feel like they out-do any other lipgloss by leaps and bounds. I felt like this gloss didn’t settle as nicely into my lips as I’d like. Despite using a mirror and meticulously applying the gloss, I just couldn’t get it to look even. At $25.00 a pop, I doubt I’ll become an avid collector of the product. I might splurge here and there on a spectacular shade, but I’m quite satisfied with my lipglass.
What do you think of Chanel glossimers? Love them, hate them? Favorite shades?
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